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APRIL 13, 14, 1965 




From the 
Masonic Library 

Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 

August 1988 


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Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 






A. D. 

A. Inv. 

Held in the Royal York Hotel, Front St. West 



AD. 1965, A. Inv. 2495 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved 


Grand Z. 

581 Weller St. 



Grand Scribe E., 

514 Temple Bldg., 




Most Excellent Grand First Principal 

Born in Smith Township, County of Peterborough. 

Son of William Herbert and Alberta Mae Girven. 

Married October 24, 1936, to Helen Louise Lipsett. 

They have two daughters, Nancy and Elizabeth. 

Educated at Lakefield and Peterborough. 

Religion — Member of Trinity United Church, member of the boara 
of trustees, member of the board of stewards and member of the official 

Business — Manager of Motor and Generator Section, Power Ap- 
paratus Department, Canadian General Electric Company Limited, 
Peterborough, where he has been employed since 1923. 

Civic activities — Past president of Y.M.C.A., chairman of Future 
Planning Committee, Y.M.C.A., member of Advisory Committee to Board 
of Directors, Y.M.C.A., vice-president of Eastern Ontario, National Coun- 
cil, Y.M.C.A. of Canada; member of the executive of Peterborough In- 
dustrial Development Organization, vice-president Peterborough Branch, 
St. John Ambulance; member of the executive of Peterborough Red 
Cross, past executive member of the Health League of Canada, past 
chairman Peterborough Branch Canadian Manufacturers' Association, 
past president and director of Peterborough Red Cross Association and 
Community Fund, past president Lions Club, Peterborough; past presi- 
dent V.O.N. , Peterborough; past member of Ontario Division Industrial 
Accident Prevention Association, past member of the board of directors, 
National Institute for the Blind, member and past director Peterborough 
Rotary Club. 

Masonic Record — Life member of Peterborough Lodge No. 155, 
Peterborough, where he was initiated, passed and raised October 4, 1927. 

He was exalted in Corinthian Chapter No. 3'6 Royal Arch Masons of 
Peterborough on May 28, 1928, and was installed as their first principal 
Z. on January 24, 1940. Elected Grand Superintendent of Ontario District 
No 10, April, 1945, and served on the Grand Executive in various capa- 
cities from 1947 to 1960. He was elected Grand Third Principal J. in 1961 
and 1962, Grand Second Principal H., 1963-64, and Grand First Principal 
Z. in 1965. 

He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Saskatche- 
wan, near the Grand Chapter of Canada in Ontario. 

He is a life member of Moore Perceptary No. 13, Peterborough, a 
member of Moore Conclave No. 15 of the Masonic and Military Orders of 
Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine KHS and St. John the Evange- 
list, Peterborough, member of Rameses Shrine AAONMS, Toronto, and 
Kawartha Shrine Club, Peterborough. 

Clubs — Member and past president of Kawartha Golf & Country 
Club, member of Peterborough Club, member of Peterborough Golf and 
Country Club. 

Most Excellent Grand Z., 1965 




An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Petrolia, Ontario, on Wednesday, the seventeenth of June, A.D. 1964, 

A. Inv. 2494. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay Grand Z. i 

R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener Grand H. [ Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Tannahill Grand J. \ Councl1 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald W. Norris Grand Superintendent District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Jack Reid Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Foster Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. George Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. G. L. Nutt Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. L. P. MacFarlane Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. C. G. Smuck Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter L. Lalonde Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry Sargent Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comps. John Burnett, Terry Smith, R. J. Cadwallader, A. W. Holt, 

B. Boyle, John Teasell, A. James Facer, A. S. McLean, A. Ayre, H. Cole- 
man, E. Rupert, J. Gough, Edward Logan: V. Ex. Comps. D. M. Burweli, 
W. R. McEachran, Max Doupe, J. W. McCullough and others. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.30 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for Bruce Chapter 
No. 53 Royal Arch Masons of Petrolia, Ontario. The ceremony being con- 
cluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter 
at 9.40 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 



An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario was held in the Masonic Temple of 
Orangeville, Ontario, on Wednesday the seventh of October, A.D. 1964, 
A. Inv. 2494. 


M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay Grand Z. i 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand H.[^ rand 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett Grand J. \ Councl1 

R. Ex. Comp. William Hemphill Grand Superintendent District No. 4 

V. Ex. Comp. G. L. Nutt Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Clifford Manning Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

ft. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. George Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Donald Van Norman Grand Senior Sojourner 


V. Ex. Comp. William Wyllie Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. William Robinson Grand Outer Guard 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House Grand Organist 

and the following; assisting: 

R. Ex. Comps. G. Harold Shannon. Stanley Portch, Frederick Scott, D. M. 
McWilliams, Lome Armstrong*, E. Zeran, Allan Mason, W. R. Cooper, 
Bernard Robinson, F. W. D. Wilham, Lome Armstrong; V. Ex. Comps. 
F. P. MacFarlane, Paul Mercer, Harold Spratt, H. McCall, William James 
and others. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.00 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter Room for Ionic Chapter 
No. 83 Royal Arch Masons of Orangeville, Ontario. The ceremony being 
concluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter 
at 9.20 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 




An especial Convocation cf the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario was held in the Masonic Temple of 
London, Ontario, on the seventeenth of March, A.D. 1985, A. Inv. 2495. 


M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand H. ' 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett Grand J. \ Councl1 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Norris Grand Superintendent District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. L. W. Mellon Grand Treasurer 

V. Ex. Comp. F. P. MacFarlane Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Kennedy Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Smuck Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. A. W. Ayre Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. G. A. MacLeod Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. B. W. Spencer Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. W. Lea Brown Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

M. Ex. Comas. B. H. Smith, A. G. N. Bradshaw, L. Hey; R. Ex. Comps. 
James A. Mair. R. J. Cadwallader, W. N. Hemphill, Milton Gottlieb, A. 
Cavanagh, Frederick Scott, Leo J. Gent, A. W. Holt, L. C. Ewener, J. M. 
Duffy, B. W. Spencer, B. S. Scott, T. Welch, R. W. McFadden, Harold 
Hughes, Stanley Portch, Fred Yardley: V. Ex. Comps. Clavton Hanna, 
L. E. Fortner, R. W. Knapman, Alfred Geary, W. E. Bradt, E. H. Logan, 
F. H. Yardley, H. M. Dunlop, S. Taylor and others 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.30 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chanter Room for The St. An- 
drews Chapter No. 238 Royal Arch Masons of London, Ontario. The cere- 
money being concluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed 
Grand Chapter at 9.45 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 




The One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario held 
in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada, on April 13 and 14, 1965. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay Grand Z. , 

Rt. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand H. } ^fJln 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand T 


Z. ) 
H. } 
J. J 

M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, R. V. Conover, Fred W. Dean, A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, John L. House, Maurice A. Searle, Bruce H. Smith, Charles 
W. Emmett, Melville S. Gooderham. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Clifford Manning Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Cheetham Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. George Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Walton G. Pascoe Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. William Wyllie Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. George A. MacLeod Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 


R. Ex. Comp. Richard Thomas Cadwallader St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Norris London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Lewis Grigg Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. William Hemphill Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. John Nelson Aldridge Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Mair Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Wallace Edward Brown Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Otis Rov Roberts Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Milton Gottlieb Toronto West District No. 8 A 

R. Ex. Comp. John James Robins Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Robert Stafford Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Elburne Zeran Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Norman Gordon M. Tuck St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Claude Vickers Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Victor Kitchener Croxford Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Reginald Shore New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Humphries Temaskaming District No. 16 


A constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario was opened in Ample Form at 10 a.m. 



The following' distinguished guests were introduced by the Grand 
Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell and assistants: 


M. Ex. Russel E. Rose, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Archie M. Simons, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. Dick C. Holihan, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. Melvin E. Downing, Grand High Priest 


M. Ex. John S. Taggart, Grand High Priest 

V. Ex. Comp. Foster 


M. Ex. Comp. G. Norman Schleinkofer, Grand High Priest 


Joseph Alexander, M. Ex. Grand High Priest 

Comp. W. Irvine Wiest, M. Ex. Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. R. Garnett Bledsoe Jr., Grand High Priest 

Ex. Comp. Wayne J. Wilson, High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. L. J. Daniels, Grand First Principal 

M. Ex. Comp. John G. White, Grand First Principal 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter A. Maguire, Past Grand First Principal 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred C. Morrison, LP. Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. George Silverman, Grand First Principal 


R. Ex. Comp. John C. Day, M. Ex. Grand President 


M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, M. 111. Grand Master, a Past Grand 

First Principal and our Grand Lecturer 


R. Ex. Comp. Lt. Col. J. Howard Coleman, G.C.C., M. 111. Grand 



R. Ex. Comp. and the M. Em. F. Carl Ackert, Supreme Grand Mas- 
ter and member of our Grand Executive 


R. W. Bro. and Comp. Hon. Dr. James N. Allan, Deputy Grand 

Master representing M. W. Bro. J. A. Irvine 

The Grand First Principal Fraser Hay extended a warm, friendly 
and cordial welcome to all his guests and announced: "All Royal Arch 
Masons, in good standing and properly vouched for, will be made welcome 
during the Convocation.'" 



By the Grand Chaplain R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Clifford Manning 

Organist: Ex. Comp. Roy Pannabecker 

Solo: "Beyond the Sunset" by Comp. Val Taylor 

Most Ex. Comp. Clary Pitts is dead. But I want you to hear the 

philosophy of his life as portrayed in the 23rd Psalm, which I have heard 

him recite on many occasions. 

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want. 

He makes me down to lie 
In pastures green; He leadeth me 
The quiet waters by. 

My soul He doth restore again; 

And me to walk doth make 
Within the paths of righteousness. 

Even for His own name's sake. 

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, 

Yet will I fear none ill; 
For thou art with me; and thy rod 

And staff, me comfort still. 

My table thou hast furnished 

In presence of my foes; 
My head thou dost with oil anoint 

And my cup overflows. 

Goodness and mercy all my life 

Shall surely follow me; 
And in God's house for evermore 

My dwelling-place shall be. 

He believed that life, not death, was triumphant. He had a sure and 
abiding faith. We deeply mourn the loss of this great man. 

He was a tower of strength to all who knew him. 

In him was vindicated the greatness of real goodness and the good- 
ness of real greatness. 

He was a man of unselfish actions, devoted to high purposes and a 
sincere love of his fellowman. He will live in our hearts always. 

The delegates joined in singing "God Save the Queen" and "My 
Country Tis of Thee." 


Almighty God, unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known and 
from Whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the 
inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee and 
worthily magnify Thy Holy Name. 

Almighty and Eternal God, who orderest all things in heaven and 
earth, we humbly implore Thee to pour down upon our fraternity the 
continual dew of Thy blessing. We beseech Thee to guide, support and 
strengthen all who are rulers in the Royal Craft and give them a full 
measure of Thy divine wisdom. May brotherly love, relief and truth be 
ever upheld and promoted through our Chapters. May prudence direct us, 
temperance chasen us, fortitude support us and justice be the guide of 
all our actions, so that with one heart and mind we may strive together 
for the good of mankind and the honor and glory of Thy Most Holy 
Name. Amen. 



"What mean ye by these stones?" (Joshua 4: 6) 

Joshua had not only taken command in succession to Moses but he 
had led the Children of Israel over the Jordan into the Promised Land. 
At the command of God a man from each tribe took a stone from the 
very place the priest's feet stood to be placed where they lodged that 
night. A question is asked and an answer is given like a catechism. 
"What do you mean by these stones?" "The waters of Jordan were cut 
off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over the 
Jordan the waters were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of 
Israel a memorial for ever." 

Shakespeare was by no means the first to know of "Sermons in 
Stones." From time immemorial men have upraised a stone that it might 
speak to them of things eternal. To our most ancient brethren a rough 
stone was most sacred, but that gave place to the hewn cube which were 
followed by the pillar and the key-stone. They were emblems of their 
faith. They still are, particularly so to those who have been brought from 
darkness to light in modern Masonry. This morning we have turned to 
the Great Light in Masonry — the Volume of the Sacred Law so that we 
may ask the same question, "What do you mean by these stones?" in 
the same way as the Children of Israel did so that we may answer as 
they did and remember the answer. 

"These stones shall be to the people ... a memorial for ever." 
They were a memorial to the Children of Israel. Moses and a whole gen- 
eration and more were buried. The one of the Mount for we read "God 
buried him" and the others in the sand of the desert. Jordan divided the 
past from the present. Those whom they had loved and lost awhile; their 
bodies lay buried. From them they had learned so much, from them they 
had been the recipients of such love and tender care. They said, "We will 
remember them." "Lest we forget" they placed a stone — a memorial for 

We do the same for we are here today at the commencement of 
Grand Chapter deliberations that we might remember those of our Com- 
panions who have passed during the past year to the Grand Chapter 
above. They have gone to their eternal reward. We particularly remem- 
ber our beloved Honorary Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis and 
our beloved Past Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts. 

Yet this is not all. The stones by the River Jordan and the emble- 
matic stones of today are something more than a memorial to a dead 
past. Israel was not dead — only the past generation with its leader 
Israel was alive .The walls of Jericho were soon to fall down. The 
Promised Land was for them and their children and their children's chil- 
dren. Israel lived and moved and had its being. The God of Abraham, 
Isaac and Jacob was their God. Moses had heard His voice. The Great I 
Am had spoken out of the Burning Bush which had not been consumed. 
God had spoken on Sinai. Thev had the TABLES OF STONE IN THE 
ARK OF THE COVENANT. The Decalogue was theirs. God had spoken 
to Joshua at the death of Moses and He had led them over a divided 
Jordan into the Promised Land. 


You and I are here today to renew our faith in the same God: 
We come into our Father's God: 
Their rock is our salvation; 
The eternal arms their dear abode, 
We make our habitation. 

We bring thee, Lord, the praise they brought, 
We seek thee as thy saints have sought 
In every generation. 


What do you mean by these stones ? We have given an answer which 
the people of God just over Jordan were not quite ready to receive. We 
have to travel to the Book of Job to hear the question, "If a man die 
shall he live again?" The revelation has come to us: "Because I live ye 
shall live also." What do you mean by these stones? One precious word 
comes to our lips. It is IMMORTALITY. "I BELIEVE IN THE RESUR- 

Thirteen hundred years ago there was an eager discussion at the 
court of King Edwin of Northumbria. The old wattled hall was blazing 
with torches and a crowd of eager listeners hung intently on the teach- 
ing of the missionaries who had just arrived. At last a bearded earl rose 
in his place: "Can this new religion," he asked, "tell us what happens 
after death ? The life of a man is like a swallow flying through this 
lighted hall. It enters at one door from the darkness outside and flitting 
through the farther door into the darkness unknown. Can this new re- 
ligion solve for us the mystery of what comes after death in the dim 

What do you mean by these stones? There comes to us another an- 
swer. They are an incentive to the future. Let me relate a story which 
thrilled me the first time I heard it and it thrills me still. An old country 
cricketer had lost his sight. He was stone blind. And it was his grief in 
his later years that he could not see his own boy play the game in which 
he had excelled. The son became "the crack bat" of the school and he 
used to lead his father to the grounds. Beyond hearing the comments of 
the crowd on the boy's play he got small satisfaction from it. One day he 
died suddenly. The following Saturday an important match was to be 
played and the members of the team took it for granted that their best 
bat would be absent. But to their surprise he strolled to the pavilion and 
announced his intention to play. He batted that day as never before. He 
rattled up a century in no time and won the match for his side. After 
the applause had died down afterwards a friend said to him: "You played 
the game of your life this afternoon." And the boy replied: "How could I 
help it? It was the first time he saw me bat." 

I need not comment for the truth of that story comes home to every 
Royal Arch Mason here this morning. 

Let us pray. 

Lord of Heaven and Earth, who hast thy temple in the heavens 
and the earth as thy footstool, we remember before thee those of our 
Companions who having labored faithfully here below during the past 
years have been called to thine immortal mansions, eternal in the 
heavens. We bless thy Holy Name for these thy servants, beseeching 
thee to give us grace so to follow their good example that we with 
them may be counted worthy of thy Grand Chapter above where thou, O 
Great Architect, livest and reignest for ever. Amen. 

Closing hymn, "Abide With Me." 


The Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay requested the Grand D. of 
C, V. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell, to present the Past Grand Zs. The fol- 
lowing were present: 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 1947-48 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, 1955-56 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, 1957-58 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 1959-60. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, 1961-62 

M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Goodedham, 1957 Honorary 

The Grand First Principal Fraser Hay extended a very sincere and 
cordial welcome to the Past Grand Zs, after which Grand Honors were 

M. Ex. Comp. Hay expressed regrets of M. Ex. Comps. J. M. Burden 


and A. G. N. Bradshaw of their being unable to be present at this Con- 
vocation due to illness, and of their wishes that the Convocation would be 
most successful. 

The Grand Scribe E. was directed to send the following telegrams 
to them: "We want you to know that we miss you at this Convocation 
and wish to send our regrets along with our sincere affection and very 
best wishes." 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Fraser Hay, M.D., 
officers and members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario, distinguished guests from sister 
jurisdictions in Canada, the United States and representatives from other 
Masonic Orders, the Companions of Toronto Districts 8 and 8A welcome 
this opportunity to extend to you our sincerest fraternal greetings on this 
the One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

We express to you our appreciation for once again allowing us to be 
the hosts for this the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. We trust 
that your journey here was most pleasant and that your stay here will be 
both profitable and pleasureable. 
Most Excellent Sir: 

Your term of office as our Grand Z. will shortly be completed, but 
before the expiration of your duties, the Officers and Companions of the 
Toronto Districts wish to extend to you our sincere appreciation for your 
untiring and ceaseless devotion to Royal Arch Masonry during your two 
years of office. Your leadership and your gracious attitude has been and 
will continue to be an inspiration to all Royal Arch Masons. 

We are honored to have served under vour leadership for the past- 
two years and it is our fervent wish that the Great Jehovah will spare 
you for many years, that Capitular Masonry may benefit from your vast 
experience and knowledge. 

On behalf of the Companions of the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A we 
ask you to accept this small token of remembrance and apprecintion. 

Presented this 13th day of April. 1965. 

Grand Superintendent Toronto District 8 

Grand Superintendent Toronto District 8A 


The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the Proceed- 
ings of the One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation held in the city 
of Toronto when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett: 

Resolved — "That the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation 

held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21 and 22, 1964, have been printed 

and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the 

recorded minutes be considered as read and the same is now confirmed." 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven and seconded by M. 
Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — "That the order of business of this Grand Convocation be 
changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 


R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, chairman of the Credentials 
Committee, reported that there are 158 warranted Chapters on the roll of 


Grand Chapter, of which 150 Chapters were represented by the following: 

1 R. L. Gostlin, Z.; L. N. Armstrong, W. H. Gummer, R. H. Seymour, 
R. G. Willis, P.Zs. 

2 Joseph Freelove, Z.; John Dewar, Ralph J. Cocks, P.Zs. 

3 E. Andrews, I.P.Z.; Roy Coon, P.Z. 

4 H. B. Pickerell, W. L. Lankin, H. J. McCaw, O. B. Dickinson, K. L. 
Bellamy, P.Zs. 

5 Roy V. West, J.; A. Cavanagh, R. J. Norris, J. A. Kennedy, L. N. 
Allen, Sophus Pedersen, P.Zs. 

6 Alexander J. Wilson, Z.; Alexander Irvine, H.; Henry W. Hewett, 
Fred Scott, Jas. Brownlie, P.Zs. 

7 A. R. Graham, Z.; Charles Beatty, H.; Allan Dempsey, J.; E. C. 
Wood, M. H. Hancock, H. T. Adams, P.Zs. 

8 Ailwyn Modlin, Z.; Charles Smyth, H.; Edward J. Barbour, J.; Gor- 
don A. McConnell, Wh. H. King, Arthur Otis, Horace Carr, Stanley 
Sleeman, Roy Willmot, Leonard Roberts, Gerald Plumpton, P.Zs. 

15 Henry C. Keam, Z.; Chas. M. Muir, R. E. Strain, H. R. Marriott, L. 
C. Ewener, P.Zs. 

16 Gordon Lewis, Z.; Wilson McDuffee, H.; Paul Naish, J.; Lloyd B. 
Gillespie, J. Fred Markey, Claude Vickers, Charles Compton, P.Zs. 

18 L. Bruce Shipp, Z.; Dr. J. J. Weber, H.; G. K. Mansell, J. Hibner, G. 
L. Nutt, J. O. Meckbach, P.Zs. 

19 Frank Lottridge, Wm. S. Coolin, Leonard McMann, P.Zs. 

20 Andrew J. Borger, H.; R. W. E. McFadden, Arthur T. H. Baker, 

22 R. K. Laushway, P.Z. 

23 Thomas C. Holland, H.; Leo O'Connor, Fred L. Grigg, P.Zs. 

24 W. D. Marris, Z.; George S. Atkins, R. H. Davies, George Smith, 

26 N. M. Sprague, H. F. Burke, P.Zs. 

27 Clarence Allen King, Z.; Douglas B. Watson, H.; Thomas Borthwick, 
J.; Ernest Douthwaite, B. M. Conron, Fred C. Melton, P.Zs. 

28 Jack Gordon Ma gee, Z.; Robert Edwin Temperton, H.; Edward Rus- 
sell Flutter. J.; Norman William Purdy. Arthur George Coppin, John 
Rowland Wheeler, Robert Hugh McKelvie, Victor Hollis E. Hulatt, 

30 William G. Leeson, Z.; Joseph N. MacDonald. H.; William G. Treble, 
I.P.Z.; C. E. Laithwaite, J. E. Westbrook, P.Zs. 

31 Allan Wight, Z.; Frank Root, H. 

32 F, C. Ackert, P.Z. 

34 W. T. Kirkpatrick, H.; R. A. Stewart, B. J. Lamont, F. D. Shannon, 
F. C. Green, P.Zs. 

35 Thomas Rupert Tompkins, Z.: David McKeag. I.P.Z.; Charles W. 
Stafford, Ernest R. Stafford, W. Percv Price, P.Zs. 

36 C. A. Bedford. H.: J. E. Girven, E. W. Edmondson. B. H. Pammett, 
R. Mathews, D. Miller, R. K. Burns, J. H. Harris, P.Zs. 

37 C. P. McElroy, P.Z. 

40 James A. Robertson, Oliver Thomas Flint. Wilbert Smith, P.Zs. 

41 Gerald M. Cole, Z.; Ronald H. Cartmale, H.: William L. Anscombe, 
L. L. Mansfield, P. U. L. Pedolin, Ben. G. Sheldon, Louis D. Barrett, 
C. Russell Stringer. P.Zs. 

44 Leslie Wilberham. Z.; Gordon Fresque, H.; A. V. Roy, E. Zeran, J. C. 
A. Tustin. F. K. Hill. P.Zs. 

45 D. D. M. Peebles. Z.; Edward Mulhall, J.; D. C. Peebles, A. A. Kemp, 
R. Chapman, P.Zs. 

46 Robert John Aitcheson, Z.: H. I. Sparliner. C. Dunseith, P.Zs. 

47 Robert S. Paterson, Z.r Albert Brown. P.Z. 

48 Charles G. Wheatley. Z.; Donald J. Hare, I.P.Z.; William Baker, A. 
W. Robertson, F. L. Searancke, P.Zs. 

53 Norman W. White, Z.; George H. Downer, J. Russell Stewart, Ivan 


Bobes, Peter C. McPhedran, Melvin Karr, P.Zs. 
.VI Hugh Fackrell, Z.; T. F. A. Longthorne, P.Z. 

55 W. A. Greaves, Z.; C. A. Larson, W. E. Brown, E. A. Staines, P.Zs. 

56 H. C. Irwin, G. S. Matthias, P.Zs. 

57 William Cooper, J.; G. S. Macdonald, I.P.Z.; C. A. Winn, P.Z. 
59 0. H. Francis, Z.; J. A. Greer, P.Z. 

62 R. Adamson, Z.; S. S. Kell, H.; E. W. Brooks, J.; H. G. Gaskon, D. B. 
Young-, W. J. Grierson, C. M. Platten, G. W. Middleton, G. A. 
Cooper, A. H. Gray, J. M. Hood, J. S. Shield, H. B. Wilkinson, D. B. 
Filsinger, P.Zs. 

63 D. P. MacKay, Z.; Bruce McKinnon, J.; J. W. McFadyn, P.Z. 

64 R. G. Ohler, Z.; C. E. Griffin, R. H. Dilamarter, J. C. L. McKeand, 
P Zs 

65 Maxwell Clark, Z.; Cecil E. Tavis, H.; C. H. Murray, J.; M. S. 
Gooderham, P.Z. 

66 Earl Campbell, Z.; C. A. Barber, John Bach, James Doig, George 
Thompson, J. W. Crich, J. B. Higgins, Amos Corby, W. J. F. Bell, A. 
Matheson, Orville Oke, A. Broadfoot, Keith Sharpe, P.Zs. 

67 J. Fred Edwards, P.Z. 

68 Gordon Forbes, Z.; C. D. Beckett, P.Z. 

69 H. H. Little, J.; L. J. Colling, G. B. Lipsitt, A. Jarvis, C. W. Travis, 
L. L. Lymburner, G. A. DeQuetteville, P.Zs. 

72 Maurice M. Montgomery, Z.; J. L. Good, Burton Woodbeck, P.Zs. 

73 Peter L. Lalonde, Alf. Overfield, P.Zs. 

74 A. W. Holt, P.Z. 

75 Gordon Mcintosh, Z.; Thomas Bradley, H.; Edwin Harrop, R. J. 
Hamilton, Clifford Lewington, C. A. Anderson, F. W. Chisholm, 

76 G. French, C. Dill, P.Zs. 

77 Frank Kerr, Z.; James Henderson, H.; Sidney E. Solley, George W. 
Elms, J. Earl Jenkins, Charles W. Emmett, William Shearer, Fred 
P. Wratten, Percy Helm, Clifford Aikins, John L. Dobson, Albert L. 
Lee, John Hutton, James W. Woodland, P.Zs. 

78 D. G. Grieve. 

79 Douglas J. Jeffrey, Z.; Harland Johnson, H.; Arthur I. Cook, J.; 
Alfred H. Jones, Albert 0. Cook, Alfred J. R. Moxon, P.Zs. 

80 Charles E. Hillman, P.Z. 

81 R. W. Stratton, H. P. Grant, P.Zs. 

82 Chester James Miller, Z.; H. G. Blanchard, W. A. Cheetham, P.Zs. 

83 C. D. M. VanNorman, A. W. Gillespie, P.Zs. 

84 Chas. Thomas, Z.; John McLean, James Mair, C. L. Cousins, P.Zs. 
88 Thomas Ellis, Z.; Richard Cadwallader, Edward J. Logan, Hugh M. 

Dunlop, Delbert J. McCaughrin, P.Zs. 

90 V. K. Croxford, P.Z. 

91 R. E. P. Coleman, Z.; Herb. W. Powell, H.; Richard Bolt, J.; F. W r . 
Dean, P.G.Z.; Arthur A. Kitchen, W. J. Stewart, Donald Calder, John 
Hewat, Alf. Geary, Clare Howes, Jack Bailey, L. W. L. Dixon, E. J. 
Brown, P.Zs. 

94 G. McCombe, P.Z. 

95 R. T. Mc Andrew, Z.; George Shute, Ernest Smith, P.Zs. 

102 R. W r . King, Z.; H. W. Walker, I. L. Robertson, E. C. Price, P.Zs. 

103 H. A. Marshall, Z.; A. S. Haley, P.Z. 

104 Stan Poitch, Gordon K. Brown, Chas. T. Sherry, E. J. Flippance, 

110 Eldon Ewing, Z.; Elmer McKie, James Bird, H. S. Ewing, P.Zs. 

112 Lloyd D. Barklev, Z.; T. William Gorrell, P.Z. 

113 George Barlow, Z.; James Barlow, I.P.Z.; M. G. M. Tuck, P.Z. 

114 John R. New, P.Z. 

116 Clarence E. Cassibo, Z.; W. H. Edwards. A. A. Wright, M. P. Morris, 
E. M. James, P.Zs. 


117 Charles Fotheringham, Gordon Braby, W. Roy Cooper, William N. 

Hemphill, Carl Jantzi, W. E. James, Walter Leach, Allen C. Mason, 

Bertram M. McNaughton, Neil A. McEachern, John Prentice, G. 

Harold Shannon, Justus W. Stoner, Irvin Tucker, P.Zs. 
119 Willis E. Dales, Z.; George W. Nelner, H.; A. S. H. Cree, R. A. 

Willett, J. A. Mclntyre, D. Robinson, H. F. Mills, P.Zs. 

129 Kenneth E. Scott, J.; Stanley Earl, Raymond Robinson, Fergus 
Lannin, William Cheoros, P.Zs. 

130 Albert Eagles, Z.; Lome Evans. J.; L. A. Smith, H. Morrow, F. 
Wrightson, W. Gregg, H. Carlaw, C. McGill, C. Manning, P.Zs. 

131 Ross Taylor, I.P.Z.; K. Hopkinson, P.Z. 

132 Alexander Wheeler, Harry Trueman, P.Zs. 

133 G. H. Patterson, Z.; G. A". Phillips, J. J. Carpenter, G. P. Marshall, 
F. Fairfield, PZs. 

134 William McPhail, Z.; L. G. Parliament, C. E. McPhail, H. Goard, 
P Zs 

135 Russell W. Rodd, Z.; Murray D. Feasby, I.P.Z.; H. V. Watson, C. G. 
Armstrong, W. J. Morgan, P.Zs. 

138 George Dunn, Z.; Ernest H. Moyle, H.; Maarten A. Van Wamelen, 
J.; Claude Elliott, Fred Welham, Robert Story, E. H. Hughes, Joseph 
Benson, H. 0. Hughes, B. W. Spencer, Henry W. Clark, Roy Panna- 
becker, G. T. Ferguson, P.Zs.; Percy James, S.E. 

140 James Lome Foster, Z.; D. Harcus, P.Z. 

145 L. G. T. Taylor, Z.; W. E. Pomeroy, M. A. Searle, L. B. Morrison, 
T. R. Tompkins, R .S. Woodward, P.Zs. 

146 Douglas Hammond, Z; Wilfred J. Cockwell, H.; Elmer Johnston, 
I.P.Z.; W. H. Sargent, Fraser Hay, Jack Gee, P.Zs. 

147 Joseph W. Stewart, P.Z. 

148 W. L. Barnes, Z.; M. J. McLeod, P. E. Wall, P.Zs. 

149 Victor K. Croxford, P.Z. 

150 David A. Morrison, Z.; John N. Duffy, Joseph W. Carson, John B. 
Carson, W. Ernest Boyle, Arthur W. Burgess, Thomas W. I. Gibson, 
P Zs 

151 Collin Mick, Z.; G. V. Tario, Llovd C. Phillips, P.Zs. 

152 Wellington Smith, P.Z. 

153 E. K. Rupert, P.Z. 

155 Albert S. Martin, Jack D. Calder, P.Zs. 
161 Thomas Lloyd, P.Z. 

163 F. S. Dickens, Z.; W. O. H. Newton, J.; R. W. Baxter, I.P.Z.; L. A. 
Woolger, F. Spracklin, T. J. Middleton. E. W. Bath, W. L. Brown, 
D. C. Armstrong, E. R. Ansell, A. T. Williams, P.Zs. 

164 C. L. Shaw, M. S. Thompson, P.Zs. 

167 Arthur Settle, R. R. Wilson, J. J. Robins, F. Whiteman, J. R. Parrott, 

168 Francis W. Long, Z.; T. H. Burgis, P.Z. 

169 G. J. Blake, Z. 

175 B. D. Burt, Z.; G. Crawshaw, H.; T. H. Ralph, J.; F. W. Dean, J. R. 

Dunbar, J. H. Rogers, E. Hudson. P.Zs. 
184 H. S. Winkworth, Thomas McHugh, P.Zs. 

195 H. Spratt, Hyatt McClure, W. B. Cannon, Maurice Clark, P.Zs. 
198 D. J. Cossey, Z.; H. R. Flemming, H.; H. G. Graham, J. W. Davies, 

W. L. Patterson, P.Zs. 
205 David Hill, Z.; Cecil Smith, J. 
210 Ray S. Taylor, Z.; H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z. 

212 Benjamin Walters, Z.; Harry Savlov, H.: Michael Sandler, J.; Harry 
Fox, Max Cooper, Abe Fox, Murray Fidler, Milton Gottlieb, Ned 
Austin, Irving M. Ingles, Samuel Tenenbaum, P.Zs. 

213 A. E. Humphries, R. G. Childs, H. H. Redden, P.Zs. 

214 Kenneth Spearman. H.; Burton Russell, P.Z. 

215 M. H. King, Z.; Carl W. Roberts, G. H. Walker, W. B. Angst, Herbert 


Jones, G. W. Ostrander, B. J. Rodd, D. C. Reedie, P.Zs. 

217 Elwood H. Reid, Z.; Harry E. Evans, H.; Edward W. Elcombe, J.; 
John L. House, John A. Mackie, James Turnbull, W. John Webber, 

\V. ,1. Raeburn. W. Wyllie, Albert H. Baldwin, Colin C. Kerr, Edward 
L. Coomber, P.Zs. 

218 Alexander Mawdsley, Z.; Marold McGhee, Herbert Newell, P.Zs. 

219 Peter Gallagher, H.; Jack Crawford, J.; Joseph W. McCullough, 
David S. McLachlan, James S. Bremner, Leslie J. Colling, Garfield 
Anthony, George R. Sheard, Thomas H. Barker, Herbert L. Kesteven, 
Peter K. Taylor, Sylvester Taylor, Hugh D. McLauchlan, R. Story, 

220 J. D. \Y. Cumberland, Z.; Stanley V. Meakings, H.; Alex Grant, J.; 
Percy McGregor, I.P.Z.; J. A. Evans, W. H. Carr, W. F. Leuty, W. A. 
McKague, A. E. Sharpe, G. H. Horner, J. B. Richardson, A. R. Mc- 
Dougall, H. A. Haris, G. H. Rothwell, H. J. Rothwell, P.Zs. 

221 Kenneth Hooper, Z.; Donald Hopkins, J.; Jack M. Edwards, James 
E. Armstrong, P.Zs. 

222 C. A. Churchill, Z.; William Cyrus Pescod, George Alex MacLeod. 
Henry T. C. Humphries, P.Zs. 

223 Wallace Layte, Z.; Parker Faler, A. Frederick Righton, Harold 
Richter, P.Zs. 

224 G. Ben Cowman, H.; John S. Drysdale, William H. Pace, H. Donald 
Falkiner, P.Zs. 

225 John E. Richardson, Z.; Donald Magee. H.; William D. Sturch, J.; 
John Broadfoot, Alexander Spalding, William Bentleton, John C. 
Day, Fred W. D. Welham, John T. Wallace, P.Zs. 

226 L. V. Wcod, P.Z. 

227 Borden A. Gill, Z.; William Stewart, J.; Carmen Guest, I.P.Z.; Bruce 
H. Smith, Percy E. Kerr, Charles Batt, Cyril McMullen, Alex Pier- 
son, P.Zs. 

230 J. G. Walach, Z.; J. W. Arnold, R. A. Young, C. M. Lobban, R. H. 
Jamieson, P.Zs. 

231 John Callaghan, Z.; J. C. Crockett, H.; Hiram Ross, J.; D. Calder, 
James W. Woodland, H. C. Martyn, E. C. Shunk, L. A. Stiver, 
Harold Edmondson, Albert W. Johnson, J. Munro Yates, William J. 
Bain, Norman R. Ware, P.Zs. 

232 Ernest Ridgway, Z.; Eric Barber, I.P.Z.: A. G. Sullivan, P.Z. 

233 W. E. Gardner, John Burns, Bryan Alford, B. Taylor, D. Wilson, 
George H. Howard, P.Zs. 

234 Thomas Niven, H.; Victor Gunn, J.; A. Hunter, L. Tracey, Irwin 
Noble, S. Penrice, P.Zs. 

235 Ewart Jennings, Z.; Charles Henshaw, H.; E. J. Eveleigh, R. H. B. 
Cook, R. H. Foote, P.Zs. 

236 Robert E. Weatherston, H.: Edgar Reid, Edward Burke, William 
Williamson, John Aldridge. Kenneth Lang, P.Zs. 

238 Donald H. Thomson, Z.; Eldon W. Mitchell. A. V. Sedgwick, B. S. 
Scott, William G. Chapman. Joseph Hessey. P.Zs. 

239 P. MacGardiner, Z.; E. Stewart. J.; I. McConnell, R. Nudds, V. 
Russell, P.Zs. 

241 W. Bailey, Z.; D. F. Johnston, H.: E. Pickles, H. S. Biggs, 0. R. 
Roberts, J. E. Young, A. W. Fox, P.Zs. 

242 Samuel Toy, Z.; Ivison Pack. P.Z. 

243 John 0. McFeeters, Z.; Fred W. Checkley, H.; Ira A. Lee, Albert 
Crook, P.Zs. 

245 John T. Miller, Z.; Gordon Armstrong, H.; Arthur Jefkins, Byron J. 
Ferrier, George Richard Cook. P.Zs. 

246 E. Carruthers, Z.; G. Laing, H.; K. Campbell, J.; M. A. Searle, C. 
W. Emmett, P.G.Zs.; F. W. D. Welham, J. W. Woodland, A. F. Nisbet, 
J. M. Bremner, H. B. Banks, P.Zs. 

247 Leo J. Gent, Ralph C. Neely, P.Zs. 


248 George R. Clarke, P.Z. 

249 J. H. Abernethy, Z.; F. A. Boyd, H.; H. G. Freeman, P.Z. 

250 Allan A. Leal, J.; Hugh B. Hood, Allan Pye, Daniel Cooper, P.Zs. 

251 J. W. Bradley, Z. 

252 Colin Thorburn, Z.; J. Howard Coleman, Douglas Burwell, F. P. 
MacFarlane, A. James Facer, P.Zs. 

253 George Ross, Z.; F. M. Given, Robert L. Hayen, William C. Mc- 
Neilly, P.Zs. 

255 Frank Rubie, Z.; William Edward Wilson, H.; Wilfred R. Louns- 
bury, J.; W. Ross Wittet, Charles H. Swatridge, Mervin Hicks, Dan 
J. Hillier, Clinton Scott, P.Zs. 

257 Kenneth R. Shore, P.Z. 

258 Fred C. Conley, P.Z. 

259 David Harcus, P.Z. 

260 William C. Arch, H.; Leonard Stroud, J.; Howard Carr, Frank Leuty, 
W. A. McKague, Arthur R. McDougall, William A. Hamilton, P.Zs. 

261 Sidney Perry, H.; E. L. Jackson, S. M. Jackson, P.Zs. 

262 Horace C. Rose, Z.; C. Douglas Reading, H.; James Brownlie, I.P.Z.; 
John E. Richardson, Fred Scott, Ralph J. Cocks, P.Zs. 

263' T. S. Russell, Z.; W. J. Grierson, W. S. Wright, G. A. Cooper, A. J. 

R. Moxon, P.Zs. 

The following Chapters were not represented: McCallum No. 29, 
Granite No. 61, Prince of Wales No. 71, Brant No. 115, Glengarry No. 
143, Presqu'ile No. 144, Smithville No. 240, Golden Star No. 254. 
150 Chapters represented 
8 Chapters not represented 


There were 694 registered delegates having a total vote of 902. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

J. BENSON. Vice-Chairman 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. W. Woodland, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Credentials be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


The Most Excellent the Grand Z., directed the Grand Scribe E. to call 
the roll of representatives of sister jurisdictions when they assembled 
before the Altar. The following Grand Rpresentatives answered their 

Alberta — Charles W. Emmett 

Argentina — Andrew Nisbet Jr. 

Arkansas — J. Howard Coleman 

British Columbia — John A. Mackie 

California — Don Calder 

Delaware — W. J. Grierson 

District of Columbia — Bruce H. Smith 

Florida — Melville S. Gooderham 

France — George Phillips 

Illinois — James W. Woodland 

Iowa — Carroll E. Griffin 

Ireland — Robert W. E. McFadden 

Kentucky — Rev. A. S. H. Cree 

Louisiana— Joseph Carson 

Massachusetts — Dr. Fraser Hay 

Michigan — Fred W. Dean 

Minnesota — F. Carl Ackert 


Mississippi — H. T. C. Humphries 

Missouri — C. Percy Eagles 

Montana — David Harcus 

Nebraska — A. V. Roy 

Netherlands— Charles A. Batt 

New Brunswick — Abe Cavanagh 

New Hampshire — Norman M. Sprague 

New Jersey — G. Harold Shannon 

New Mexico — James A. Kennedy 

New South Wales — Wellington Smith 

New Zealand — J. Austin Evans 

North Carolina — Benjamin S. Scott 

North Dakota — Leslie J. Colling 

Oklahoma — Robert J. Hamilton 

Pennsylvania — John L. House 

Philippines — William E. Gardner 

Quebec — Maurice A. Searle 

Queensland — N. A. MacEachran 

Saskatchewan — James E. Girven 

Scotland — James Turnbull 

South Dakota— J. C. Day 

Switzerland — L. B. Morrison 

Tennessee — Charles Fotheringham 

Texas — Allan C. Mason 

Utah— Lloyd B. Gillespie 

West Australia— E. C. Wood 

Virginia — John C. Carpenter 

West Virginia — W. H. Sargent 

Wyoming — George Shute 

Most Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay extended a warm welcome to the repre- 
sentatives and asked them to make contact with their respective Grand 
Chapters and thus strength the bond of our fraternal union with our 
sister jurisdictions. Grand Honors were given. 



Another year has swiftly passed, the last of two wonderful 
years in which I have been privileged to serve as your Grand 
First Principal — Again I think we must give thanks to God for 
all the blessings we have enjoyed and for the privilege of meeting 
together once more. 

Toronto Districts 8 and 8A have again offered to us their un- 
surpassed facilities along with their genuine interest and support. 
We ask them to accept our grateful appreciation for their generous 

While the primary purpose of our Convocation is to review 
activities of the past year and plan intelligently for the coming 
year, it does produce certain other worthwhile results, not the 
least of which is the opportunity of making new friends and re- 
newing old acquaintances. 

In a Fraternal order such as ours, one of our greatest 
strengths is the "oneness" which we all feel in pursuing, together, 
the more perfect attainment of the concepts and ideals of our 

It is a special pleasure for me to welcome each of you today. 
For in this room are gathered those members of Capitular Masonry 
who have not only dedicated themselves to Royal Arch Masonry, 
but who are proving the sincerity of their dedication by their 
active leadership in their respective offices. Our precepts, noble 
and worthy as they are, are incapable of accomplishment with- 
out the active, willing, intelligent devotion and co-operation of 
those of you who have unselfishly given of your time and abilities. 
On behalf of your officers, and on behalf of myself personally, I 
express to you our most sincere gratitude for the full measure of 
loyalty, co-operation and support you have given us. 

We have with us today certain distinguished guests who have 
proferred their friendship by their presence with us. From our 
own Grand Jurisdiction we acknowledge our loyalty and devotion 
to our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother and Excellent Com- 
panion J. A. Irvine represented today by our distinguished Deputy 
Grand Master R. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Hon. James N. Allan. We 
are honoured by your presence with us today. 

To the other distinguished guests from our Sister Jurisdictions 
in Canada and the United States of America, we welcome you 
most heartily and hope that your visit with us will be both plea- 
sant and mutually beneficial. 



Time, like an ever rolling stream has borne many of our 
friends and associates to their Eternal home. We deeply mourn 
their passing. Our committee on Fraternal Dead will report in 
detail the names and express our sense of loss. 

I find it again necessary to refer to certain Companions who 
were widely known and greatly esteemed through their generous 
and outstanding contributions to Masonry in general and to Royal 
Arch Masonry in particular. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Frederick J. Johnson: 

On May 19th with extreme suddenness following a heart 
attack, Rt. Ex. Companion Fred Johnson was taken from us. He 
had a genius for friendship. He could discover something amiable 
in everybody. He appreciated whatever was genuine and human 
in them all. 

He gave unstintingly of his time and interests for the good of 
Masonry in general but to Royal Arch Masonry in particular. He 
was the Grand Scribe E. for a period of over 10 years, and during 
that time endeared himself to everyone throughout our Grand 
jurisdiction. His unselfish contribution to Capitular Masonry 
will live forever. 

Most Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis: 

On May 27th after a prolonged illness Most Ex. Comp. Regi- 
nald J. Lewis bade us farewell. He was an austere man. One 
who perhaps only those closest to him really knew. He had a 
deep and infinite knowledge of Masonry which he took a great 
deal of pride and pleasure from. 

He was a perfectionist who always strove to inspire this 
perfection in others. His contribution to Capitular Masonry has 
been immense and the magnitude of his endeavours will be 
greatly missed. 

To all who mourn we offer our heartfelt sympathy and remind 
them that life is ever Lord of death, and Love can never lose its 


Friend after friend departs, 

Who hath not lost a friend? 

There is no union here of hearts 
That finds not here an end; 

Were this frail world our only rest 

Living or dying, none were blest. 


Beyond the flight of time 

Beyond this vale of death, 
There surely is some blessed clime 

Where life is not a breath, 
Nor Life's affections transient fire, 

Whose sparks fly upward to expire. 

There is a world above, 

Where parting is unknown; 
A whole eternity of love, 

Formed for the good alone; 
And faith beholds the dying here, 

Translated to that happier sphere. 

Thus star by star declines, 

Till all is passed away, 
As morning high and higher shines, 

To pure and perfect day; 
Nor sinks those stars in empty night, 

They hide themselves in heaven's own light. 


It has been a great privilege and honour for me, as your 
Grand First Principal to represent the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario at many National and International Con- 
vocations and to proudly bring to them a message and a chal- 
lenging Masonic thought. 

My visits to the Districts and Chapters have been most inspir- 
ing to me. I propose to cover only the high lights of my final 
year of Royal Arch Masonic visits. 

May 2 — The Principals Association of London District held 
at Sarnia, a Dinner and Reception. A very enthusiastic and 
capable group. 

May 23 — Prince Edward District No. 11, Reception Dinner and 
Ladies' Night held in Belleville. It was a wonderful evening. 

May 30th — Attended the Reception to our Grand Master, Most 
Worshipful Brother John A. Irvine at Fordwich. A grand evening. 

June 6th and 7th— Ottawa Chapter No. 22 - - Central City 
Chapter No. 70 R.A.M. of East Syracuse, N.Y. International week- 
end. It was my distinct honour to be the guest speaker on this 
occasion. A wonderful week-end in Ottawa, widely attended. 

June 17th — Dedication Bruce Chapter No. 53, Petrolia. A 
lovely Masonic Temple. I was privileged to address a dinner 
followed by the Dedication of the Chapter room. 

July 14th, 15th, 16th — Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. Mrs. Hay and I enjoyed the fine and generous hos- 
pitality of Grand Lodge. 


Sept. 2nd — Georgian District No. 9 Reception Dinner at Mid- 
land. I addressed a capacity audience. A most successful 

Sept. 13th — Huron District Divine Service at Brussels. A won- 
derful attendance. 

Sept. 19th — Timiskaming District No. 16, Reception Dinner at 
Timmins. A grand group of Royal Arch Masons and a fine 

Sept. 28th — Preston Chapter No. 254, Preston. I was invited 
to address their 40th Anniversary. This was very well attended 
and a most successful evening. 

Oct. 8th — Dedication Ionic Chapter No. 83, Orangeville. I 
addressed a large banquet followed by the Dedication of a fine 
temple. A very enjoyable evening. 

Oct. 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th— Grand Chapter of the State of 
Michigan. Mrs. Hay and I were graciously received and per- 
sonally escorted by Most Ex. Companion Dick C. Holihan, The 
Grand First Principal elect. 

Oct. 21st — Hamilton District No. 5 at Caledonia. Reception- 
Dinner. This was a capacity evening and distinguished by the 
presence of Most Ex. Companions Clarence MacL. Pitts, Frederick 
Dean and Alex. Bradshaw. A really grand evening. 

Oct. 23rd — Toronto District 8 and 8A Divine Service held at 
Beth Sholom Synagogue — at which I was highly honoured and 
privileged to bring the Divine address of the evening. It was 
largely attended and a very successful evening. 

Oct. 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th— Grand Chapter of Virginia 
held in Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Hay and I were royally re- 
ceived and entertained by Most Ex. Comp. Ben Chapman and the 

Nov. 21st, 22nd — Carlton Chapter No. 16, sponsored a District 
Reception and Banquet at which I was enthusiastically received 
and welcomed by the Ottawa Shrine Club Oriental Band. I have 
many wonderful memories of my visits to Ottawa. The Com- 
panions here are most gracious and enthusiastic. An honourary 
membership was presented which I shall always cherish. 

December 2nd, 3rd, 4th — Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of 
Pennsylvania held here in Philadelphia. This was a wonderful 
and unique experience. Their Masonic temple is priceless and 
its beauty is indescribable. Your Grand First Principal was one 
of two asked to address this great body. Our visit here was one 
of the highlights of my term of office. 

December 9th — London District No. 2 — Reception in the beau- 
tiful new temple in London. I was privileged to address a very 


large and wonderful group of Royal Arch Masons and honoured 
by being asked to present a 50 year jewel to Companion N. A. B. 
Smith, a Past Potentate of Mocha Temple and friend of long 
standing. It was a most impressive evening. 

Jan. 5th — Bernard Chapter No. 146 Installation. This is always 
a highlight and recalls to me many happy moments of the past. 
To those Companions who encouraged and inspired me in past 
years, I shall be eternally grateful. 

Jan. 27th — Attended the annual meeting of Mocha Temple, 
A.A.O.N.M.S., London, Ontario. On this occasion I was honoured 
by being elected to the position of Chief Rabban, also as a Repre- 
sentative to the Imperial Council session to be held in Washington, 
D.C., in July. Theirs is a great work, Dedicated to the Glory 
of God without regard to race, color or creed — a great fraternal 
love which has known no equal in the history of fraternalism. 

Jan. 29th — Principals' Association Annual Dinner, Toronto 
Districts 8 and 8A at the Yonge Street Masonic Temple, Toronto. 
This is always a wonderful affair. 

February 3rd, 4th, 5th— Attended the Grand Chapter of the 
State of New York held in Albany. I was most enthusiastically 
welcomed on this eventful occasion by the Grand High Priest, 
Most Ex. Companion Sylvanus F. Nye. Our Representative near 
the Grand Chapter of New York, Rt. Ex. Companion Clifford A. 
McDonald took personal charge of me and made this visit a most 
memorable one. 

March 13th — I attended the Annual International Day, Hia- 
watha Chapter No. 252 and Huron Chapter, Port Huron held in 
Sarnia, Ontario at the beautiful Village Inn. This is always one 
of the highlights in a Grand First Principal's term of office. I 
was happy to share this with a good friend and a fine Mason, 
Most Ex. Companion Dick Holihan, Grand High Priest, R.A.M. of 
Michigan. I was honoured by being asked to bring to their grand 
banquet the address of the evening. Mrs. Hay and I thoroughly 
enjoyed this wonderful event. 

March 17th — Dinner and Dedication of the beautiful London 
Masonic Temple under the sponsorship of The St. Andrew Chapter 
No. 238. I addressed a large audience of Royal Arch Masons and 
considered it a great honour to be able to carry out this duty as 
the last official commitment of my term as Grand Z. 

March 23rd, 24th, 25th— I attended the Grand Chapter of 
Quebec in Montreal. It was a real pleasure for Mrs. Hay and I 
to be able to attend and enjoy the wonderful hospitality and 
friendship of the Quebec Companions. 

The God of our fathers is still gracious and merciful. He has 
permitted me to carry on my professional work as a medical 


doctor and to use my time in the interests of my fellowmen 
through the great body of Masonry. If I was impressed and 
grateful for all the wonderful opportunities and associations pre- 
sented to me during my first year as your Grand First Principal, 
I am now doubly humble and grateful for the most gracious and 
wonderfully inspirational receptions which has so thrillingly hon- 
oured me during my final year. I shall never forget your 
warm and gracious hospitality. 

It has always been my feeling that men placed in positions 
of leadership today — must give leadership! Certainly the posi- 
tion you have placed me in has been a constant personal chal- 
lenge — that I give to you the leadership this great order expects 
and deserves. This I have tried to do with sincerity and dedica- 

I wish I could have visited each Chapter in our Grand Juris- 
diction. This of course was not possible. I can say, however, 
that I have been in every District at least once during my term of 
office and I have tried to respond to every request made to me as 
your Grand Z. 

This year I have witnessed a great reformation in Capitular 
Masonry. There has been a noticeable resurgence of enthusiasm 
and interest throughout our Grand Jurisdiction which I have wit- 
nessed everywhere I went. I believe that if each one of us really 
apply our Masonic creeds and beliefs first of all in our lives and 
then in our living, these qualities will shine through us and out 
to our fellowmen — and then and then only will we attain the 
true stature which should be ours as members of the world's 
greatest brotherhood. 

"By their fruits, Ye shall know them." 

Rudyard Kipling has given to each of us the best expressed 
warning and it is too, too true today. 

When the shouting and the tumult dies 
The Captains and the Kings depart 
Still stands thine ancient sacrifice 
And humble and a contrite heart. 
Lord God of Hosts be with us yet 
Lest we forget, Lest we forget! 


Sixty-five Years A Royal Arch Mason 

Palestine No. 54 — Comp. Dr. George Thomas Kennedy. 

Sixty Years A Royal Arch Mason 

Guelph No. 40 — Comp. William Mclntyre. 


Fifty Years A Royal Arch Mason 

St. George's No. 5 — V. Ex. Comp. Reginald William Knapman. 

St. John's No. 6 — Comp. Frederick Babbidge, Comp. Harry E. Hinder- 
liter, Comp. William J. Rundle, Comp. Hugh Whitham. 

The Moira No. 7 — Comp. Ernest Wellington Dickens. 

King Solomon's No. 8 — Comp. Ralph Thomas Hill. 

Ezra No. 23 — Comp. H. Gordon Simmons. 

Manitou No. 27 — Ex. Comp. James Johnstone. 

Pentalpha No. 28 — V. Ex. Comp. Norman William Purdy. 

Keystone No. 35 — Ex. Comp. Fred W. Jones. 

Corinthian No. 36 — Ex. Comp. Ross L. Dobbin, Comp. George A. Salkeld 

Guelph No. 40 — Comp. William Mclntyre, Comp. Frederick William 

Wellington No. 47 — Comp. James Duncan Keats, Comp. Robert M. Dunlop. 

Bruce No. 53 — V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hackett. 

Paletine No. 54 — Comp. Thomas Cooper, Ex. Comp. Harry Grant Manning. 

Georgian No. 56 — Comp. Howard H. Bowman, Comp. Charles W. Buzza, 
Comp. Herman W. Stone. 

Willson No. 64 — Comp. Walter H. Ogg, Comp. Fred H. Stevens. 

St. Clair No. 75 — Ex. Comp. Robert Shortreed Fleming, R. Ex. Comp. 
Murray Stuart Sproat. 

Occident No. 77 — M. Ex. Comp. John MacDonald Burden. 

Toronto Antiquity No. 91 — Comp. Clarence W. Mott, Ex. Comp. William 
John Armstrong Jr., Comp. Louis R. Louks, Comp. Leonard Till, 
Comp. Edward John Taylor, Ex. Comp. James Frederick Neild. 

Brant No. 115 — Comp. H. Percy James. 

Fort William No. 140' — Comp. William Kemp. 

Peel No. 195 — Comp. Herbert Austin Spratt. 

For Sixty Years Installed First Principal 

Palestine No. 54 — R. Ex. Comp. Dr. George Thomas Kennedy. 
Kitchener No. 117— V. Ex. Comp. Alex H. Welker. 

For Twenty-five Years Installed First Principal 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui No. 1 — Ex. Comp. Baxter Israel Eng- 

The Hiram No. 2 — V. Ex. Comp. James Herbert Smith. 

St. Andrew and St. John No. 4 — Ex. Comp. George G. Argo. 

St. George's No. 5 — Ex. Comp. William Henry Slade. 

King Solomon's No. 8 — V. Ex. Comp. Stephen Frederick Hutchinson. 

Carleton No. 16 — Ex. Comp. Russell Glen Madill. 

Ezra No. 23 — Ex. Comp. Hugh Patterson Innesc, R. Ex. Comp. Francis 
M. Reid. 

St. Mark's No. 26 — V. Ex. Comp. Frank William Sherbert. 

Manitou No. 27 — Ex. Comp. James Donald Currie. 

Pentalpha No. 28 — Ex. Comp. Frederick Edward Bartlett. 

Prince Edward No. 31 — Ex. Comp. Carman Sheffield Slack. 

Corinthian No. 36 — Ex. Comp. William Alexander Donnelly. 

Guelph No. 40 — Ex. Comp. Dr. Richard Linfield Mahoney. 

Mount Sinai No. 44 — Ex. Comp. Ernest Frederick Phippen Young, R. Ex. 
Comp. Arthur V. Roy. 

St. James No. 46 — V. Ex. Comp. John Wesley Durr. 

St. John's No. 48 — Rt. Ex. Comp. Ephraim Aquilla Hircock. 

Sussex-St. Lawrence No. 59 — Ex. Comp. Albert I. Munro. 

Willson No. 64— Ex. Comp. Fred C. Oliver. 

Enterprise No. 67 — Ex. Comp. James Farquharson. 

Grimsby No. 69 — Ex. Comp. Vernon Tuck, Ex. Comn. Gordon B. Lipsitt. 


N 73 — Rt. Ex. Comp. Bruce B. Foster. 
Tuscan No. 95 — Ex. Comp. Wilfred John Henry Bray. V. Ex. Comp. 

. Smith. 
Algonquin No. 102 — R:. Ex. Comp. Horace W. Walker. 
St. John's No. 103— Rt. Ex. Comp. Ernest Albert Rutledge. 
St. John's No. 112 — Ex. Comp. John Snedden Toshack. 
Maple No. 116 — V. Ex. Comp. Robert Duncan Ledgerwood. 

• X . 117 — V. Ex. Comp. Alex H. Welker. Rt. Ex. Comp. Burton 

M. McNaughton. 
Elliott No. 129— Ex. Comp. William Herbert Hoflich. 
Shekinah No. 138 — Ex. Comp. Reginald F. Lomas. 
Presqu'ile No. 144— Rt. Ex. Comp. Orval Kelly. 
Luekr.ow No. 147 — Ex. Comp. Wilfred B. Anderson. 
Madec No. 161 — V. Ex. Comp. Arthur A. Figden, Ex. Comp. Percy H. 

Ion:. nip. J. J. Lewis Hay. 

Hugh Murray No. 1S4 — Ex. Comp. Albert Wodle, Ex. Comp. Thoma- W. 

Couehiehing No. 198 — V. Ex. Comp. Harry Kenneth Maynard. Ex. Comp. 

James Henrv Page. 
Mount Sinai No. 2:2— Ex. Comp. Irwin M. Gilbert. 
Durham No. 221 — Ex. Comp. Peter Ramage. 

._ -Ex. Comp. John Albert Atkinson. 
Quinte Friendship No. 227 — V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Edgar Bateman. 

laii No. 231— Ex. Ccmp. Gilbert Moir. 

ra No. 235 — Ex. Comp. Howard Stanley Bunn. 
Blenheim No. 2 9 — Ex. Ccmp. Edwin Shepley. 
Humber N _ Ex. Comp. Frederick S. Fordham. 

Thomas P - — V. Ex. Comp. John A. McWilliam. 

King David No. 134 — Ex. Comp. James Alexander Parliament. 

Distinguished Service Awards 

White Oak No. 104 — Comp. Harry Morden. 

Bonnechere No. 114 — Comp. Harry Young 


One Hundred and Seventy Dispensations were issued as follows: 

Attend Divine Service 19 

- . r Hour of Opening 80 

Permit Social Functions 20 

er of Jurisdiction 1 

Dispense with Convocations in Summer Months 9 

Dispense with Convocations in April 2 

Dispense with Convocations in September 2 

Dispense vacations in December 3 

To Confer Three Degrees in One Day 2 

of Officers Other Than as Required by Constitution 10 

Permit Special Emergent Meeting 14 

To Hold L n Contrary to By-Law 4 

To Permit Election of Officers Contrary to By-L 1 

To Confer Degree in Siste: 'on 1 
To Receive Application Contrary to Constitution 



St. John's 3 Sussex-St. Lawrence 59 

St. George's 5 Erie 73 

Oxford 18 Toronto-Antiquity 91 

Mt. Horeb 19 Tuscan 95 

Mt. Moriah 19 Algonquin 102 

Tecumseh 24 Atwood 149 

McCallum 29 London 150 

Waterloo 32 Sombra 153 

Keystone 35 Ionic 168 

Guelph 40 Couchiching 198 

Mt. Sinai 44 Oakwood 233 

Bruce 53 The St. Andrew 238 

Palestine 54 Centennial 260 

King Hiram 57 


This is a loyal and wonderful group of Royal Arch Masons. 
Their dedication has endeared them to thousands of men and 
women and children in the Toronto area. They have proven the 
old adage "Actions speak louder than words". Certainly a 
slender acquaintance with the world today must convince every 
man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attach- 
ment of friends. One can never be casual to be effective, and 
these men have given freely, persistently and in a well organized 
manner of their time and efforts for the benefits of unfortunate 

"In as much as ye do it unto the least of these my brethren, 
ye do it unto me.' 

I would like to commend the excellent welfare contribution 
being carried on by the Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai Chap- 
ter No. 212. They are to be highly commended on their initiative 
and efforts on behalf of retarded children. Theirs is a most re- 
warding work carried out in a most effective manner. 


These committees are in the process of being reviewed in 
their respective districts as to the effectiveness of the committee 
and the dedication of each individual member. 

To be effective we need dedicated, interested and qualified 
men who are willing to give their time and effort to this most im- 
portant phase of our work. When we have such committed com- 
mittees we can and will accomplish great things. These groups 
will not only be used to direct the education and ritualistic work 
in their areas, but will give help to weak and static Chapters 
when requested. To be effective they must be used, and some 


method will have to be worked out whereby they will be used 
to their capacity — not waiting on requests from individual Chap- 
ters which up to now seem reluctant to seek advice and help. 

The Chairman on Education will report more fully on this 


A request from the Grand Chapter of India asking the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario to accord to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of India fraternal recognition. 

The recognition by the Grand Lodge of Ancient and Accepted 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, of the Grand Lodge 
of Free and Accepted Masons in India has been confirmed 
through the office of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

In view of the foregoing and with the consent of the Advisory 
Council, I recommend that approval be given to the request of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of India for fraternal 


The agenda of Grand Chapter having been given to all 
registered delegates I trust that its contents have been carefully 
noted, including the Notice of Motions, as they will be presented 
to you during the Convocation. 


Ewart G. Dixon, M.C., Q.C. 

Having known and been closely associated with Most Wor- 
shipful Brother and Companion Ewart G. Dixon for many years, 
I am aware of his great contribution to Freemasonry and of the 
high esteem with which he is held by Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada. He is a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm and 
has always been most cordial, helpful and co-operative when- 
ever called upon. It gives me a great deal of pleasure, after 
obtaining the unanimous approval of the Grand Executive to 
confer on Most Worshipful Brother and Companion Ewart G. 
Dixcn, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario, the rank of Past Z. 

I would suggest to the constituent Chapters that great care 
and serious consideration be given to their choice of officers. 
Simply because a Companion is a "good fellow" is not sufficient 
qualification to warrant his elevation. The whole future of our 
fraternity depends on proper guidance by Companions who have 
proven their capability as leader of men and moulders of chr~ 


I would like to see fewer suspensions and in this regard, I 
believe, more careful consideration should be given to the value 
of retaining each Companion. Certainly if he is not a force for 
good and one who Masonry can be proud of, there is no loss. If 
however, he is a man of character but for some reason has be- 
come indifferent or careless — I believe a strong committee should 
make a sincere personal effort to rekindle his interest and secure 
his active co-operation, pointing out the benefits to himself, to his 
Chapter and to Capitular Masonry in general. 

I wish to recommend that the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario give a serious thought to the formation of 
a committee to study, review and recommend a suitable project 
to stimulate the interest and devotion of all Royal Arch Masons 
throughout our Grand jurisdiction — something tangible to believe 
in and work for. I believe we should advance our thinking and 
bring it up to date with the times, something to create personal 
pride of accomplishment — something practical to have a part in 
and to be proud of. 


That a Chapter may have its minutes tyepwritten by the 
Scribe E., with proviso that each sheet should be numbered, signed 
and afterwards secured in a binder. 

That a 50 year R.A.M. jewel should be awarded for 50 years 
total membership, whereas the 25 year Past Principal's jewel 
would be awarded on 25 years' continuous and uninterrupted 


A request has been received from Kichikewana Chapter No. 
167, Midland, requesting that the rank of a Past Z. be granted to 
the late Ex. Comp. Norman Stanley Hacker, posthumously. The 
late Comp. Hacker had served in all the respective Chapter offices 
and was installed as Z. on January 13, 1964, but died suddenly on 
April 2, 1964. I recommend that their request be granted. 


The modernization of our office files and equipment is pro- 
gressing satisfactorily at the present time, and I am happy to 
report that we have now installed about one half of the new 
Kardex files — the rest will be picked up as soon as they become 
available. The data from the individual Chapters is being pre- 
pared and checked before being placed in new folios. A new 
cash book, a new general journal and a revised method of 
handling the petty cash account has been added. A new ad- 
dressograph machine and copying machine are presently in use. 
A more complete report will be given by Rt. Ex. Companion 
Joseph Hearn, Chairman of the Committee on office equipment. 



I am pleased to issue Commissions on request from the Grand 
High Priests of their respective Grand Chapters as follows: 

Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada near 
the Grand Chapter of Oklahoma, Ex. Companion Robert L. Taylor, 
Box 187, Skiatook, Oklahoma. 


I had the pleasure of nominating for appointment the follow- 
ing Companions to represent the Grand Chapters named near the 
Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario: 

Grand Chapter of Vermont: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Norman Farrington 

Niagara Parkway, Queenston, Ont. 
■rand Chapter of the Republic of the Philippines: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Wm. Gardner, 

18 Littlewood Cres., Etobicoke, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Alberta: 

Most Ex. Companion Charles W. Emmett, 

27 Colwood Rd., Islington, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Massachusetts: 

Most Ex. Companion Fraser Hay, M.D., 

165 Victor Ave. N., Listowel, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Maine: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Lome E. Vaughan, 

315 Bleecker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Washington: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Wm. Cecil Carson, 

250 Iona St., Ottawa 3, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Alabama: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Earl J. McKeever, 

10 Julia St., Port Hope, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Scotland: 

Very Ex. Companion James Tumbull, 

377 O'Connor Dr., Toronto 6, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of Argentina: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Andrew Nisbet Jr. 

17 Sturton Rd., Weston, Ont. 
Grand Chapter of New South Wales: 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith, 

166 Third St.,, Fort Frances, Ont. 

It is most essential that the appointed Representatives main- 
tain proper and friendly representation with the Jurisdiction they 
represent and in order that this be done effectively, attendance at 
our Grand Convocation is a prerequisite. I personally feel that 


a periodic review should be done every three years, so that we 
can be sure of active and interested Grand Representation. 

Along life's arduous road, the trails unfold 

A pattern for each mortal to behold. 
And men are either meant for destiny, 

Or fate's frail toys, like pebbles in the sea. 

Some live in history's pages for all time — 

Their deeds are writ in words of blood and grime. 

But, are they not great too, though less renowned, 
Who built a better world than they had found? 

One answers by the things one knows and sees, 
The ebb and flow of one's own memories. 

And in the wake of change and customs new, 
There is one truth that holds forever true: 

The man who hopes to leave some sign on earth, 
Who hopes to be remembered for his worth, 

Need not be king, if, in the interim, 

He loved someone, and someone cherished him. 


I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for the courtesy, kind- 
ness, and assistance shown me throughout the whole Grand juris- 
diction. It will never be forgotten. 

The moving finger writes, and having writ 
Moves on; not all thy piety or wit 
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, 
Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it! 

Time has taken away another year and stored it in the 
archives of the past. 

I am sincerely grateful for the tremendous support and co- 
operation shown to me at all times by the members of the Advi- 
sory Council, the Grand Executive and the Grand Scribe E., Rt. Ex. 
Companion Robert John Hamilton. Without their continuing in- 
terest and encouragement, my humble efforts would have been 
most difficult. To Rt. Ex. Companion James Girven, Grand H., 
and Most Ex. Companion Charles Emmett, acting Grand J., I offer 
my indebted thanks for their faithfulness. 

I have been extremely proud of the caliber of my Superin- 
tendents and of the effective and dedicated manner in which they 
have represented me during my term of office. 


The honour of the position, the friendships created, and the 
satisfaction which comes from performing service to one's fellow- 
men, carries with it pleasant and wonderful compensations. I 
believe, with all my heart, that progress has been made and 
that the outlook is bright. 

If something has impressed me more than anything else, it 
must be that the application, in the lives and living of men, of our 
Masonic creeds and beliefs does change men. I think it is be- 
cause Masonry demonstrates and proves that our highest happi- 
ness, our highest usefulness is only realized when we keep God 
as our center, and are in fellowship with Him. Also, I believe 
that our influence for good does not lie in numerical strength — 
important as this is — but in the practice of those eternal princi- 
pals upon which our great order is founded. 

As I look back over my two years of experience in the office 
of Grand Z., I am at once, thankful to God for His sustaining Grace 
to me, in giving to me the strength and the time to perform the 
duties of this high office as well as the fulfillment of my obliga- 
tions in my practice of medicine. I can tell you that it has not 
been easy; but it has been thrilling and challenging, and I can 
truly say: 

"O Lord, who lends me life, 
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness." 

As my term of office draws to a close I have asked myself, 
"What about the future of Capitular Masonry?" 

Certainly Capitular Masonry is the beneficiary of a sym- 
bolism and a Masonic heritage for which no Companion need 
ever make apology. It represents an unfolding vista of those 
moral heights men have attained through unswerving fidelity, 
unselfishness, service, and sacrificial abandonment to a cause. 
It presents ever widening horizons of revealed truth, and a fuller 
interpretation of those sublime lessons which are not completely 
explained in the symbolic lodge. 

We can look back over 107 years of continuous activity, and 
can point with some pride to the accomplishments that have 
been made in the past generation. We also point with pride to the 
accomplishments of our forefathers. They saw a branch of 
Masonry which has a more direct connection with actual scripture 
than most of the other degrees of Freemasonry; — they saw a 
great amount of spiritual good to be gleaned from a study of this 
most interesting part of Masonry; they saw an opportunity to 
continue their fellowship and friendship, which began with their 
entrance into Craft Masonry. 

Our forefathers presented three great principles to us — 
brotherly love, relief and truth. I think it is true to say, that we 
are more fully appreciative of the first two tenets. As far as 
material charity is concerned, our progress during the last 107 
years has been most marked. But do we extend to each other at 


all times that spiritual charity which thinketh no evil and which 
sufferest long and is kind! 

As men and Masons, I fear great danger of complacency, of 
contentment, in our historic setting and the accomplishments of 
those who have gone before. 

What are you doing for Capitular Masonry? Are you doing 
all you could or should? Ask yourself the question — if every 
Royal Arch Mason was just like me — what kind of a Chapter 
would we have? — What kind of an order? — Would we be proud 
to be associated with it? 

My Companions, the history and purpose of our order is great 
enough, and its simple message grand enough, to command the 
respect of the most critical mind, and the homage of all men of 
good will. The clear outline of its purpose, method and plan, and 
the spirit underlining the work, tells its own story, — gives its 
own message and is capable of making an enduring impression. 

But a glorious history, and an order of great purpose, — can 
never attain full function unless those to whom this heritage is 
left, accepts these responsibilities with earnestness and determi- 
nation. This first of all must be a personal challenge. Each in- 
dividual Royal Arch Mason must first of all understand the great 
principles of Capitular Masonry — and once understood, make 
it a part of his life. Then, and only then, can we expect the en- 
thusiasm, the desire, the resolve and the determination to really 
make Masonry live and grow and endure! 

Many of you have witnessed the fabulous Rose Bowl parade 
at Pasadena, California — have seen the millions of roses and 
other beautiful flowers, which were glorious to see and wonderful 
to smell — but they were only for show, for demonstration, for 
attraction. After the parade, these flowers were simply scrapped, 
lasting but a few hours. These flowers represent many of our 
lives! Are we for show, bringing a thrill to the passer by and 
vanishing? Or are we flowers that bring cheer and comfort to 
our fellowmen! And what about our dreams of a better tomorrow 
— are they like the flowers, shortlived — or do we really try to 
make them come true? 

Perhaps we could learn a lesson from the football player who 
caught the ball, and in his excitement ran in the wrong direction. 
He gave his energy, but his direction could not help his team to 

In the future, let us realize that like the player, we too, can 
make mistakes. Let us be honest enough to admit a few occa- 
sionally — we'll be better for it if we do. Let us try to avoid con- 


fusion, and the danger of running in the wrong direction, by 
taking a minute to look around and see where the players are. 
Let us learn to pass the ball instead of wanting it all the time. 
Let us remember to run toward the goal posts and score if we can. 
Let us learn to develop all of our potentialities. Let us dare to be 
different if it means progress. Let us accept the true marks of 
successful living! 

The story is told of the little girl who was accustomed to wor- 
shipping in a small church where no cross was visible who went 
into a church with her father where a cross was prominently 
displayed. She had just begun arithmetic in school, and when 
she saw the cross she leaned towards her father and asked in a 
whisper, "Why have they got a plus sign in this church?" 

My friends, this "plus' sign is the significant sign of the 
church today and should be a reminder to each of us that it is a 
symbol of self sacrifice, of a willingness to do more than our duty, 
more than our minimum, more than is expected of us. If you look 
at the lives of those who have contributed most to the cause of 
Freemasonry, and to the welfare of their fellowmen and society 
in general, you will discover that they had the "plus' sign in their 
lives, and put into practice the great principles of Masonry. 

My Companions, let us with broad vision and purposeful 
effort, demonstrate to the world our courage, our convictions, our 
faith and our love — and then, and then alone our work as Royal 
Arch Masons will survive! 

If I were asked to form a perfect prayer, 

No fluent phrases would my lips employ, 
No flourishes of speech would I prepare 

For only those of learning to enjoy. 
With simple verbal drapery I'd make 

A prayer that everyone could understand. 
Were I to make a perfect prayer designed 

To rid the world of selfishness and greed, 
With books of love I would not tax my mind, 

For these two simple lines would fill my need — 
"Renew, O God, within the hearts of men 

The Golden Rule, and give it life again." 

To all my Companions I give to you my deep affection and 
my very best wishes for your future happiness, and may God hold 
you in the hollow of his hand. 


I know not what the future hath 

Of marvel or surprise 
Assured alone that life and death 

His mercy underlies. 

I know not where His islands lift 

Their fronded palms in air; 
I only know we cannot drift 

Beyond His love and care! 

Respectfully and fraternally, 

ofraser Cflay, lit. JU. 

Grand Z. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred to 
the Committee on the Grand Z's Address to report threon during the 
present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 




Rt. Ex. Comp. R. T. Cadwallader 

I would like to express my appreciation to the Chapters of St. Clair 

District No. 1 for electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent and 

to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., for confirming my election to this 


Ex. Comp. D. J. McCaughrin graciously consented to act as my sec- 
retary and his efficiency in this capacity was of the utmost assistance. 
He accompanied me on my visits of inspection and received the fullest 
cooperation and respect in the fulfilment of his duties. 

The following is the list of my visits of inspection: 

Sept. 9— Thomas Peters No. 250, Windsor 

Sept. 10— Prince of Wales No. 71, Essex 

Sept. 18 — Lome No. 164, West Lome 

Oct. 5— Ark No. 80, Windsor 

Oct. 8 — Wellington No. 47, Chatham 

Oct. 14 — King Cyrus No. 119, Leamington 

Oct. 29— Erie No. 73, Ridgetown 

Nov. 2 — Sombra No. 153, Wallaceburg 

Nov. 4 — Blenheim No. 239, Blenheim 

Nov. 24— MacNabb No. 88, Desden 

In addition to my visits of inspection I have been present in all 
Chapters in the District on at least one other occasion. I was also able to 
be present at nine installations ceremonies. On every visit I was received 
with the dignity and respect due to the representative of the Grand First 
Principal. The calibre of the work and the proficiency of the officers was 
in most cases satisfactory and the harmonv, enthusiasm and fellowship 
observed was most gratifying. Poor attendance and in some instances 
lack of candidates and decline in membership are matters of concern and 
every effort should be put forth to effect improvement in these areas. 

Two District divine services were held during the year, the first at 
St. Barnabus Anglican Church, Windsor, on Sunday, June 7, and the 
second at Christ Anglican Church, Dresden, on Sunday, October 18. Both 
these services were well attended not only by the Companions from St. 
Clair District but also by representatives from the London District. I 
would like to extend my thanks to Thomas Peters Chapter and MacNabb 
Chapter for their cooperation in sponsoring these services. 

On Monday, June 15, Erie Chapter No. 73, Ridgetown. held their 
first Convocation in their new temple and at this time the H.R.H. degree 
was exemplified by the past Grand Chapter officers of St. Clair District 
No. 1. Howard Lodge and Erie Chapter are to be congratulated on the 
erection of such a fine temple. 

During June it was my pleasure to attend the dedication of Bruce 
Chapter No. 53, Petrolia, in London District No. 2. This impressive cere- 
mony was conducted bv M. Ex. Companion Fraser Hay, M.D., Grand Z., 
and the many Companions and past and present Grand Chapter officers 
present were afforded the opportunity to experience a most enlighten- 
ing and enjoyable evening. 

The occasion of my visit of inspection to Prince of Wales Chapter 
No. 71. Essex, on September 16 was particularly noteworthy since this 
marked the first Convocation to be held in their new temple. The Masons 
of this area deserve much credit for the efforts they have put forth in 
the erection of this fine building. 

The Masonic Education Committee under the leadership of Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Reg Willett has been fairlv active during the past year. They have 
been most zealous in visiting the various Chapters and in providing 
valuable assistance when requested. I do feel, however, that the Chap- 


ters in the District would do well to make greater use of the committee 
and to take advantage of the information and instruction which they are 
capable of providing. 

As my term of office draws to a close I would like to express my 
sincere thanks and appreciation to the past Grand Chapter officers and 
to the Companions who have been so generous in providing me with their 
loyal support and assistance. My past year has been a most pleasant and 
profitable experience and one which I shall long cherish. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Reginald W. Norris 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent draws to a close it is 
with great pleasure I present my report on the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry in London District No. 2. 

First I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to the Com- 
panions of London District No. 2 for the honor conferred on me in 
electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent and also my apprecia- 
tion to Most Excellent Companion Fraser Hay for his confirmation of 
my election. 

My first duty as Grand Superintendent was to appoint my secretary, 
Ex. Comp. Leo Allen. My sincere thanks to him for his great assistance. 
He accompanied me on all my visits of inspection. 

My thanks also to Rt. Ex. Comp. Art Ayre, Rt. Ex. Comp. Les 
Ewener, Very Ex. Comp. Charles Smuck and Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely for 
their regular support on all my visits of inspection. 

My first visit as Grand Superintendent was on April 25 to my own 
Chapter, St. George No. 5, in which the MMM degree was conferred by 
the past Principal of the Chapter. 

On May 2 the regular Principal's Night was held at Wawanosh 
Chapter No. 15, Sarnia. I was very highly honored to accompany Most 
Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay into the Chapter room. 

On May 9 St. Andrews Chapter No. 238, London, held its annual 
birthday party for their ladies. The evening was very successful. 

One June 3 a Chapter of Instruction was held in the Strathroy 
Masonic Temple. There was a very good attendance at this meeting. 
Here I passed on to the officers of the Chapter my instruction from 
Grand Chapter, after which each degree was discussed. At this time I 
called on the Education Committee members of London District No. 2, 
Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely, Ex. Comp. A. MacGregor and Ex. Comp. H. 
Evans, to whom I extend my thanks for their valuable assistance. 

On June 17 Most Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay and his officers dedicated 
the Chapter room at Petrolia, Bruce Chapter No. 53. This was a very 
successful evening as well as very well attended. 

On August 31 I attended a Masonic Memorial Service for the late 
Rt. Ex. Comp. W. Summer of Nilestown Chapter No. 247 and also 
Comp. Plank of London Chapter No. 150. 

On September 2 I attended a Masonic Memorial Service for the late 
Comp. Petrie of Nilestown Chapter No. 247. 

My visits of inspection were as follows: 

Sept. 10— Palestine No. 54, St. Thomas 

Sept. 11 — Wawanosh No. 15, London 

Sept. 15 — London No. 150, London 

Sept. 23 — St. John's No. 3, London 

Oct. 1 — Aylmer No. 81, Aylmer 

Oct. 5 — Hiawatha No. 252, Sarnia 

Oct. 12— Vimy No. 214, Inwood 

Oct. 21— Bruce No. 53, Petrolia 

Oct. 22— St. Andrew's No. 238, London 

Nov. 2 — Beaver No. 74, Strathroy 


Nov. 3— St. Paul's No. 242, Lambeth 

Nov. 16— Minnewawa No. 78, Paikhill 

Nov. 19 — Nilestown No. 247, Nilestown 

Nov. 27 — St. George's No. 5, London 

On each of these visits I was received and given the honor due the 
office. The degree work was done in a very efficient manner. I gave a 
short address at each of these visits. An outstanding fourth degree was 
prepared on all occasions. 

On October 8 it was my honor to present a fifty-year jewel to Ex. 
Comp. Manning of Palestine Chapter No. 54, St. Thomas. This Com- 
panion is a very active member of all Masonic bodies. 

On October 18 the District divine church service was held at St. 
David's Anglican Church with an attendance of 85. 

November 9 a Masonic Memorial Service for Ex. Comp. Harry 
Holmes of Nilestown Chapter No. 247 at which I was presented. 

On November 15 I attended a church service of Wawanosh Chapter 
No. 115 and Hiawatha Chapter No. 252 in Sarnia. 

On November 27 I attended MacNabb Chapter, Dresden, with Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Richard Cadwallader. 

On December 9 a reception was held for the Grand First Principal in 
London. It was a very successful evening that I had looked forward to for 
a long time with great anticipation, but due to a sudden illness I was 
unable to attend. 

On January 14, 1965, I attended a ioint installation of Palestine 
Chapter No. 54, St. Thomas, and Aylmer Chapter No. 81, Aylmer, in St. 

On January 19, 1965, I attended a joint installation in London for 
the following Chapters: St. John's No. 's, St. George's No. 5, St. An- 
drew's No. 238, London No. 150, St. Paul's No. 242, and Nilestown No. 
247, of which I had the pleasure of assisting. This was a well attended 
and very impressive evening. 

I may report that the Masonic Instruction Committee has not been 
used throughout the District to the extent that I had hoped. 

In addition to making my official visits I have attended several 
Chapters unofficially and I am pleased to report peace and harmony 
throughout the District. The dignity and solemnity of the work shows the 
real interest being taken in capitular Masonrv and is an indication that 
our ceremonies are more than the mere repetition of words. 

I have tried to secure uniformity and accuracy in the work and 
coupled with it we should endeavor to applv the lessons in the degrees to 
ourselves in a way that will prove that we have grasped the real signifi- 
cance of the lessons in our ceremonies. 

In closing I again thank the Companions of the District for a 
pleasant term of office and I hope my effort have been of some small 
benefit to the Royal Craft. 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred L. Grigg 

It was my privilege and pleasure to act as Grand Superintendent of 
Wilson District during this term. Everv Chapter was visited at least 
twice and I was fortunate in being able to be present for all the installa- 
tion ceremonies except one. 

There are some weak spots in the District. Some Chapters have had 
few candidates and it is most difficult to maintain interest and en- 
thusiasm among the officers and Companions unless degrees are being 
conferred with reasonable regularity at the Convocations. It would seem 
that one of the major problems facing some of the Chapters is the diffi- 
culty in persuading the younger Masons to take office. Every organiza- 
tion needs the wisdom and patience that comes with experience and age, 


but youth is needed to provide the energy and drive to achieve higher 
goals. In our organization the men with many years of Masonry behind 
them have a responsibility in preserving the ancient landmarks, usages 
and customs from the impetuousness of youth that sometimes believes 
any change is for the better, but they also have the responsibility of pro- 
viding the example for the younger Masons to follow in maintaining a 
high quality of ritual work, conduct and deportment in the Chapter. 
These men should set a high standard which could provide some incen- 
tive for the younger men to follow. 

The average attendance in all Chapters except one showed a slight 
gain this past year, but unfortunately I have to report that total member- 
ship is down about 15 members from the previous year. 

Wilson District lost one of its most active and respected Royal Arch 
Masons in the passing of V. Ex. Comp. Ernie Hind of Port Dover. 

Generally speaking the quality of the work in all Chapters is very 
good and the meetings well handled by the First Principals. Much greater 
use of active committees would undoubtedly benefit most of the Chapteis. 

It was a pleasure for me to be able to present on behalf of the Grand 
First Principal a fifty-year Royal Arch Masons jewel to Comp. H. Percy 
James of Brant Chapter, Paris, Ont. If there was a particular highlight 
during my term of office I am sure it was the privilege and honor I felt 
in presenting a twenty-five-year Past Principal's jewel to one who has 
been most active and ardent in many phases of Masonic life throughout 
the years, Rt. Ex. Comp. F. M. Reid of Ezra Chapter, Simcoe, Ont. 

The District Masonic Education Committee and myself have planned 
a meeting of the ruling Principals and Scribes E. of the District for 
February 24, 1965, at which time we hope to pass on to these men who 
must provide the leadership in their Chapters some suggestions and 
ideas that might help them rekindle where necessary some of the interest 
and enthusiasm necessary if Royal Arch Masonry in Wilson District is to 
grow and prosper. 

All in all it has been a very interesting and rewarding experience for 
me during this past term and even though as I mentioned before there 
are some weak spots in the District, I feel sure that Royal Arch Masonrv 
in Wilson District has a good firm foundation and that there are enough 
dedicated Masons throughout the District that we can look to the future 
with confidence. 

R. Ex. Comp. William N. Hemphill 

The year served as Grand Superintendent of Wellington District has 
been most rewarding and it is my sincere hope that it has also been of 
some benefit to Capitular Masonry. 

Excellent Companion Carl Jantzi accepted the office of secretary and 
was very helpful in arranging visits and assisting with the inspection of 
Chapter records. 

It was my pleasure to visit all nine Chapters in the District at least 
twice and to take part in six installation ceremonies. 

A District church service was held in the Church of St. John the 
Evangelist, Kitchener, on October 18 and was well attended. 

Wellington District was honored on two occasions by visits of the 
Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay at the 40th anniversary 
of Preston Chapter on September 22 and the dedication of the temple on 
behalf of Ionic Chapter, Orangeville, on October 7. 

Capitular Masonry, considering the District as a whole, is in a 
healthy condition. However, two or three of the smaller Chapters are not 
receiving enough applications to maintain interest at the desired level. 
More interest and better attendance at lodge meetings would seem to be 
the best way of increasing interest in Royal Arch Masonry. 


Inter-Chapter visits are being: sponsored by the Principals' Associa- 
tion of the District and I feel this is really starting; to bear fruit. There 
were visitor- from as many as ten Chapters at some of our meetings this 

There is, I feel, a need for more instruction and education at the 
Chapter level and I wonder if this could be encouraged by the Grand 
Superintendent working with the Education Committee of his District. 
Possibly the Director of Ceremonies in each Chapter could be asked to 
accept this responsibility, which should include attending rehearsals, in- 
structing junior officers and assisting by directing perambulations, etc. 

In closing may I bespeak for my successor the same warm frienship 
that has been extended to me. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. N. Aldridge 

First let me state that on behalf of the Grand First Principal I was 
received with true dignity and loyal support at every meeting and 
function which I attended on his behalf and the faithful allegiance was 
clearly shown by the large attendance, especially at the official visits. 

In general most all Chapters are progressing favorably in Hamilton 
District No. 5 and considering the detrimental effect of shift work the 
attendance is quite encouraging. There are one or two instances where 
some assistance would be most beneficial to encourage better attendance 
and give the officers a lift. The Past Principals of the Principals' As- 
sociation are aware of these problems and are working diligently to over- 
come them. 

It seems there are so many interests to detract the attention of 
members and prospective members that it takes all the imagination and 
concentration of the Principals and officers to make the meetings as in- 
teresting, short, informative and productive as possible to the satisfac- 
tion of those who take the time to attend our Chapters. After all, the 
material is certainly at our command and it only takes the hard work 
and cooperation of the officers to get it across to those interested. 

Somehow it seems to me that we still are tardv in our ability to sell 
the benefits, the good aspects, the better way of living that can be de- 
rived and is exhibited through Masonry. In the plant where I work I 
know there must be a lot of good Masons, but the word is never men- 
tioned, nor does anyone ever approach me in any way concerning the 
craft. There must be some way to show to the world the uplift and ful- 
ness of living that can be attained through the benefits of Masonry. 

The members of District No. 5 have had considerable interest and a 
great lift by visits from Chapters of neighboring Districts and this is 
beginning to show increased dividends as time goes on. It helps to create 
not only a friendly attitude towards members from outside our District 
but gives our own members the incentive to be more friendly and en- 
thusiastic about the Chapter and its work. 

There is one place where improvement could be gained and I believe 
this applies to most Chapters mainlv because we are finding it difficult 
to get practices, and that is to have someone such as the Director of 
Ceremonies or two or three chosen Past Principals to direct the degree 
work and assist in the floor work. I have found that the officers generally 
know their work but mere technicalities will throw them off stride. This 
again would increase the efficiency and thus the interest in the degree. 

In general the prospects in District No. 5 are very good. We have 
dedicated, interested Masons who are putting much time and effort into 
this aspect of Masonry and it certainly is quite clear that in these 
troublesome, turbulent times there is a great need for companionship 
and brotherly love, and where better could we get such results but in 


R. Ex. Comp. James A. Mair 

May I first take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and 
appreciation to the Principals and past Principals of Huron District No. 
6 for electing me as their Grand Superintendent for the past year and 
also to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, whom we are proud to have as a resi- 
dent member of our District, for the confirmation of our election. 

I would also like to express my thanks to Ex. Comp. Alex Corrigan 
for the help and support he gave me while acting as my secretary, the 
duties of which he performed in his usual efficient manner. 

The dates of my formal visits were as follows: 

May 18— Malloch No. 66, Seaforth 

May 22— Tecumseh No. 24, Stratford 

June 2 — Bernard No. 146, Listowel 

June 8 — St. James No. 46, St. Marys 

June 17 — Havelock No. 63, Kincardine 

Sept. 15 — Huron No. 30, Goderich 

Oct. 6— Elliot No. 129, Mitchell 

Oct. 20 — Lebanon No. 84, Wingham 

Nov. 3 — Chantry No. 130, Southampton 

Nov. 10 — Lucknow No. 147, Lucknow. 

I was able to visit most of the Chapters the second time during my 
term of office and I am able to report that I was well received on all 
occasions. The inspection meetings were particularly well attended and 
degrees were performed very efficiently in almost all cases. 

I was happy to be able to pay a visit to our neighboring District No. 
4 on the occasion of the formal visit of R. Ex. Comp. W. N. Hemphill to 
Guelph Chapter No. 40, Guelph. 

During my term I was pleased on behalf of Grand Chapter to pre- 
sent three long-service jewels to Companions in our District. 

Certainly one of the highlights of our year was the annual District 
divine service which was held in Melville Presbyterian Church, Brussels, 
on Sunday, September 13, at 7.30. This service was exceptionally well 
attended and was under the direction of the minister of the church, the 
Rev. William Morrison. We were glad to have R. Ex. Comp. Clifford 
Manning, Grand Chaplain, as guest speaker. M. Ex. Comp. Hay, Grand 
First Principal of the Grand Chapter, was also present and read the 
scripture lesson. A social hour for the Companions and their ladies was 
held in the basement following the service. 

At the time of writing we are planning to hold a Lodge of Instruc- 
tion for our District in Lebanon Chapter, Wingham, on March 16. 

I believe that the spirit of Royal Arch Masonry is very strong in our 
District and that we can look forward to the future with confidence. 
However, we must realize that some of our smaller Chapters are ex- 
periencing some difficulty in carrying on the work due to small member- 
ships and small attendances and what we believe to be more serious, a 
reluctance of members in some cases to take their places as officers of 
the Chapter and assist with the work. 

In conclusion may I again express my sincere appreciation to all 
those Companions in this and other Districts for their kindness, courtesy 
and cooperation which have helped to make the past year a happy and 
memorable one for me. 

May God's richest blessings be with you and prosper your work. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Brown 
It is a pleasure and a privilege to present a report on the condition 
of Roval Arch Masonry in Niagara District No. 7. 

My sincere thanks go to the Principals and Past Principals for the 


honor they conferred on Niagara Chapter No. 55 and myself in selecting 
me for this high office, to M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay for confirming 
my election and to Ex. Comp. James Hutchinson who consented to be my 
secretary. Ex. Comp. Hutchinson performed his duties faultlessly, was 
well received throughout the District and certainly was of great as- 
sistance to me. 

On Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m. a District divine service was held in 
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, when the Rev. 
Dr. Fred Sass gave a very fine sermon fitting to the occasion. After the 
service the Niagara Chapter acted as hosts at a social hour for the Com- 
panions and their families. 

I received a warm and cordial welcome on all my visits. The Excellent 
Z. conducted the meetings in a business-like manner by adhering to the 
agenda and not letting discussions get out of hand. 

The degrees were exemplified in a high and dignified manner. Some 
of the Chapters haven't had too many candidates and find it difficult in 
getting good attendance. However, in review I can say that there are a 
few more candidates now and while attendance has not been good, the 
Chapters are striving for improvements in this regard, which will make 
for a better over-all picture. 

I would like to thank the Scribes E. for the very cordial way they 
assisted Ex. Comp. Hutchinson at each Chapter and also for the excellent 
manner in which the books were kept. 

It was my privilege and pleasure on behalf of the Grand Chapter 
and M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay to present to Ex. Comp. T. W. Kennedy 
of Hugh Murray Chapter No. 184, Fort Erie, a 25-year Past Principal's 
jewel and to Ex. Comp. Jas. Johnson of Moncton Chapter No. 27, Colling- 
wood, a 50-year jewel. Incidentally, Ex. Comp. Johnson now resides in 
Niagara Falls, Ont. 

On March 3 I will present to Ex. Comp. Middleton a 25-year Past 
Principal's jewel and also to Comp. R. C. Simpson a 50-year jewel. Both 
are members of Wilson Chapter, Welland. 

Again I would like to thank the Principals, Past Principals and Com- 
panions of the District for the support and help they gave me. Another 
thanks to those who accompanied me on my visits. They were a great 
help and inspiration to me. 

R. Ex. Comp. 0. Roy Roberts 

In submitting my report may I say that it has been an honor and a 
privilege to serve as Grand Superintendent of Toronto District No. 8. 

To the Principals and Past Principals of Toronto District No. 8 for 
electing me to this honored position and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay for 
confirming my election I express my sincere thanks. 

Immediately following my election I had the pleasure of appointing 
Ex. Comp. John E. Young of University Chapter as my secretary. For his 
untiring efforts and cooperation throughout the year I will ever be 

On April 30 I met with the ruling Principals of the District where 
many problems were discussed and plans made for the official visits of 
inspection and Lodges of Instruction. 

Two inspections were conducted in May with the other 13 being con- 
ducted in October and November. At all visits of inspection I was re- 
ceived with the dignity that becomes a representative of the Grand First 
Principal. The work of the various degrees was done in a very efficient 
manner with the exception of a very few instances. Any criticism was 
offered in a constructive manner and well received. 

At each inspection my secretary examined the books and reported 
on the work of the Scribes E. They are to be congratulated on the manner 


in which they keep the records of their respective Chapters. 

Following' each inspection I gave a short talk on some portion of the 
degree that was presented. These were well received. 

It was, however, my unhappy dutv to report the condition of one 
Chapter to the Grand First Principal. This Chapter is still having diffi- 
culties, but I hope in meeting with their executive to iron out these diffi- 
culties that they may again move forward, 

The Lodges of Instruction were held in early February, the H.R.A. 
at University Chapter, the M.E.M. at St. Andrew and St. John Chapter 
and the M.E.M. at Beaver Chapter. These meetings were all well attended 
and under the direction of the Education Committee I feel that these 
meetings were successful and that those attending derived some benefit 
from them. It is unfortunate, however, that more junior officers do not 
attend these meetings. 

In January I attended 13 of the 15 installations in our District and 
accepted one invitation to take part in an installation ceremony in Dis- 
trict 8A. At the installation I stressed the importance of active commit- 
tees and visiting throughout the District, but more particularly the im- 
portance of good attendance and membership committee. It is my feeling 
that from the eagerness of the incoming councils, District No. 8 is due 
for an upsurge this year. 

The District divine service of Toronto Districts 8 and 8A was held on 
Friday, October 23. This service was held at Beth Sholom Synagogue 
and my thanks go to R. Ex. Comp. M. Gottlieb and the Companions of 
Mount Sinai Chapter for arranging it. The synagogue was filled to 
capacity with Companions and their wives from both Districts. M. Ex. 
Comp. Fraser Hay was the guest speaker and delivered a most inspiring 
address. I had the privilege of delivering a short prayer. 

On February 12 the combined Districts of No. 8 and No. 8A held a 
reception for M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, Grand First Principal. This was 
sponsored by York Chapter of District No. 8 and I had the pleasant duty 
of occupving the chair of Z. to receive M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, mem- 
bers of Grand Council and the many other guests. Over 150 were in at- 
tendance and were the recipients of a very forceful address by our Grand 
First Principal. 

Space does not permit the list of the many activities of my year, but 
I would like to mention a few of the more important ones. 

On June 26 I attended the Principals' Association golf tournament at 
Aurora. This is a very enjoyable outing and I fully recommend it to all 

On August 31 I attended a preview of the new York temple and the 
following evening I was honored to be a guest at Mount Sinai Chapter 
where they held a reception for R. Ex. Comp. Milton Gottlieb. 

On September 3 I met with R. Ex. Comp. Cliff Platten. V. Ex. Comp. 
Les Woolger and R. Ex. Comp. Fred Welham, the Education Committee 
for District No. 8. Discussion as to ways of encouraging Masonic educa- 
tion and plans for the Lodges of Instruction were presented. 

On October 30 I attended the fall meeting of the Ruling Principals. 
R. Ex. Comp. Cliff Platten was a guest and presented many viewpoints 
on the workings of a Chapter and Masonic education. 

November 7 my wife and I attended the R.A.M. Welfare Fall Social. 
I would be remiss if I did not commend the work being" done by this group 
and solicit its support bv all Companions of District No. 8. 

On November 30 I attended the Principals' Association meeting 
where I had the opportunity to give a few comments and remarks on the 
condition of Royal Arch Masonry in District No. 8. 

My year as Grand Superintendent f^r Toronto District No.^ 8 is 
nearing completion and I would be remiss if I did not exoress my sincere 
appreciation to my predecessor, R. Ex. Comp. Ernie Bath, find his secre- 
tary, V. Ex. Comp. Wilf. Brown, for the assistance extended to my secre- 


tary and myself. To the Companions of District No. 8 it has been a busy 
but enjoyable year and a pleasure to serve you and if I have left a smali 
impression on some Companions of the District I feel that my year has 
been well spent. 

In final summation 1 would like to state the Toronto District No. 8 
has this year had a slight loss in membership. A large percentage of this 
to s is due to deaths, but there are many losses by demit and suspension 
that should be thoroughly investigated. Companions, let us spread our 
light to our uninformed brethren so next year we may show a substantial 
gain in our Grand Superintendent's report. 

R. Ex. Comp. Milton Gottlieb 

District No. 8A is in good condition considering that many Chapters 
were uprooted and moved to new quarters. Attendance, while not as good 
as we would like, will improve. The York Temple has no steps such as 
College Street had and the event of the new building brought out many 
older Companions. 

Membership — New candidates in most Chapters are young men 
anxious for future light in Masonry and will bring new life to their 

Ritual — The work was done very well. Officers spoke up clearly and 
dignity was observed in and out of the Chanter room. Toasts at banquet 
hour were sincere] v given and replied to in the same manner. 

Fellowship — Visitation in District No. 8A has taken on a new lease 
of life. It was not unusual to find five and as many as eight Chapters 
represented in a Chapter meeting. 

Divine service hosted by Mount Sinai Chapter for District No. 8 and 
No. 8A brought out members and their ladies of every Chapter in both 
Districts and was enjoyed by all. 

R. Ex. Comp. John J. Robins 

As Grand Superintendent of Georgian District No. 9 for 19G4-65 I 
hereby submit my report on the condition of Masonry as practised in our 
seven Royal Arch Chapters. 

My sincere thanks are extended to all the Chapters in Georgian 
District for electing me as Grand Superintendent and allowing Kichike- 
wana Chapter No. 167, Midland, the honor of having one of its members 
represent the Grand First Principal. In addition, I am very grateful to 
M. Ex. Comn. Fraser Hay for confirming my election. 

Ex. Comp. F. E. Whiteman of Kichikewana Chapter kindly consented 
to act as my secretary. His assistance and companionship were much ap- 
preciated at all times. 

On May 27 a District meeting of Principals, Past Principals and 
others was held in the Masemc Temple at Coliingwocd. All the Chapters 
were well represented and much enthusiasm was shown by the Com- 
panions. Information and direction from Grand Chapter was dispensed 
and discussed and plans were formulated for the year ahead. 

During my term of office the highlight came on September 12 when 
the Grand First Principal paid a vi<=it to Midland. At that time a reception 
was given in his honor by the Chapters of Georgian District. Our dis- 
tinguished guest, M. Ex. Comp. Hay, was greeted by about 120 enthusias- 
tic Masons representing every Chanter in the District. The Grand Z. 
delivered an outstanding address which was much appreciated by every- 
one present. M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, 
R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton as well as other present and past Grand 
Chapter officers favored us by their presence. I know this occasion did a 
great deal to stimulate enthusiasm in Royal Arch Masonry in our Dis- 
trict and to set the stage for my subsequent endeavors. 


June 1 was the date of our first formal official visit, which was to 
Seguin Chapter No. 261, Parry Sound. This youngest and smallest Chap- 
ter is making good progress. During the past year it shows the highest 
percentage of attendance and the greatest net gain in membership of 
any Chapter in the District. 

October 9 found us at the largest Chapter in our District, Couchich- 
ing No. 198, Orillia. It had the greatest average attendance during the 
year and continues to serve Masonry well in Orillia. Other visits to this 
Chapter included the presentation of two Past Z. 25-year jewels on June 
12, a social evening on June 27 and their installation ceremony on Jan- 
uary 8. 

October 13 took us to Signet Chapter No. 34, Barrie. During 1964 
this Chapter received more new members, lost more old members and 
conferred more degrees than any other Chapter in Georgian District. Its 
net loss was six, but its average attendance was five higher and its per- 
centage of attendance 4.4 per cent higher than in the previous year. This 
Chapter will celebrate its 100th anniversary five years hence and no 
doubt will have a 100 year record of which it can be proud. Ex. Comp. F. 
C. Green, First Principal of this Chapter, was appointed chairman of 
Inter-Chapter visits in our District. 

On November 17 the Companions of Georgian Chapter No. 56, Owen 
Sound, were our hosts and 10 of my Companions from Midland accom- 
panied me. While the membership here is not large for the size of the 
city, it is one of the Chapters that showed a net gain during the last 
year. The work was well done and with a few more members the pros- 
pects of the Chapter should be good. R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Parrott of Mid- 
land accompanied me and gave a fine talk on "Changing Horses." On 
June 16 I visited Owen Sound to present 50-year jewels to three of their 
senior Companions. This Chapter also held a very successful social even- 
ing on October 17. Ex. Comp. David P. Low of this Chapter is chairman 
of the Masonic Instruction Committee in Georgian District. 

January 15 marked our first visit of 1965 — Amabel Chapter No. 13*1, 
Wiarton. This Chapter is famous for its "Fish Dinners" and we, including 
10 Companions from Midland, enjoyed one of these to the full at 0.30 
p.m. The degree work was well done and signs are bright for a good year 
ahead. This Chapter has the highest pro rata membership in relation to 
local craft membership of any Chapter in the District. 

January 27 — Manitou Chapter No. 27, Collingwood. It was a real 
pleasure to visit the oldest Chapter in Georgian District and the 17th 
oldest in the Grand Jurisdiction. They will celebrate their 100th anni- 
versary next year and everything points to the very best of Chapter con- 
ditions for that occasion. On November 18 I had the pleasure of present- 
ing on behalf of the Grand Z. a 25-year jewel to a worthy Past Principal 
of this Chapter. This is the home Chapter of last year's Grand Superin- 
tendent. He is now Scribe E. and is continuing to exert a fine influence 
in his own Chapter. 

February 8 — Kichikewana Chapter No. 167, Midland. This occasion 
marked the last of my formal official visits and also brought the largest 
attendance (64) of all meetings except for that of the Grand First Prin- 
cipal last September 12. This Chapter was saddened last year by the 
death of the First Principal, Ex. Comp. N. S. Hacker, who passed to the 
Grand Lodge above on April 2, 1964, at the age of 45. His memory is 
cherished by the Companions and they have worked hard to try to make 
up for the loss sustained. I appreciate very much the support given me by 
my own Chapter in their nomination, companionship, transportation, en- 
couragement and goodwill. 

I do wish to sincerely thank my predecessor, R. Ex. Comp. B. M. 
Conron, for his assistance and advice when passing on his reign of of- 
fice. I also wish to share with him the satisfaction of seeing the bright 


-pots which appeared in 1964, because each of us can claim part of that 
period. In this regard I have in mind three items. First, that the trend of 
loss in membership seems to have been at least partly halted as in 1963 
this District lost 25 members while in 1964 it lost only three. Second, the 
average attendance of every Chapter in the District was higher in 1964 
than it was in 1963 and the average of the whole District was up 14.8. 
Third, the average percentage of attendance was up by 1.8 in the whole 
District. Of course, following this trend it naturally followed that the 
attendance at all my official visits was higher also. 

The cordial and warm reception extended to me as the representa- 
tive of the Most Excellent Grand First Principal by every Chapter was 
heartening indeed. If my efforts to place before my Companions some 
simple truths of Masonry and life bear any fruit worthwhile then I shall 
be happy: 

Finally may I express deepest thanks for health to enable me to 
pursue my duties, for the friendship and support of my Companions to 
make the path of duty easier and for the privilege and honor of serving. 

I extend every good wish to my successor and trust that he may 
enjoy the full support and generosity of the Companions as I have done. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest R. Stafford 

I would like to express my appreciation to the officers and Past 
Principals of Ontario District No. 10 for electing me to the office of 
Grand Superintendent and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser E. J. Hay, M.D., for 
confirming my election to this high office. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. W. Percy Price as 
my secretary, which proved to be a wise and happy decision as he was a 
tower of strength and of invaluable assistance to me. He accompanied 
me on all my informal and official visits, performing his duties in a most 
conscientious and efficient manner. The records of all Chapters were 
carefully examined and found in good condition by him. 

The following is a list of my official visits and the degrees con- 
f erre'd : 

June 2— Pentalpha No. 28, Oshawa— H.R.A. 

Sept. 9— Warkworth No. 110, Warkworth— H.R.A. 

Sept. 21— Ionic No. 168, Campbellford— M.M.M. 

Sept. 23— Corinthian No. 36, Peterborough— M.M.M. 

Oct. 2 — Excelsior No. 45, Colborne — M.E.M. 

Oct. 9— Victoria No. 37. Port Hope— M.M.M. 

Oct. 15— Midland No. 94, Lindsay— M.E.M. 

Oct. 21— King Darius No. 134, Cannington— M.M.M. 

Oct. 27— St. John's No. 48, Cobourg— M.E.M. 

Nov. 9— Keystone No. 35, Whitby— H.R.A. 

Nov. 16— Palestine No. 249, Bowmanville— H.R.A. 

On all of these visits I observed that the degree work was well done 
by the officers and members who participated. 

On June 26 I was invited with my secretary as a guest of Corinthian 
Chapter No. 36, Peterborough, to attend their annual picnic and sports 
day which was held at Young's Point. We had a very enjoyable outing. 
In my opinion such outings as these create a great deal of interest and 
enthusiasm among the Companions and visiting brethren of the Blue 
Lodges, who were also invited to attend, and this is reflected by the 
number of candidates and overall membership in this Chapter. 

The District divine service was held on Sunday, September 27, in St. 
Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Cobourg, where an inspiring sermon was 
given by Brother the Rev. J. 0. C. Jack. His topic was "The Hidden 
Manna and the White Stone." Approximately 80 Companions of the Dis- 
trict were in attendance, despite the heavy rain. R. Ex. Comp. J. E. 


Girven, Grand H., and other Grand Chapter officers also honored us 
with their presence. I would like to extend to Ex. Comp. Donald Hare 
and to his officers my appreciation and congratulations for the very ef- 
ficient manner in which they organized this assembly. 

On October 19 on behalf of M. Ex. Comp. Fraser E. Hay, M.D., and 
Grand Chapter I had the honor to present to Ex. Comp. Fred Jones of 
London, Ont., a member of Keystone Chapter No. 35, Whitby, with his 
50-year Royal Arch Mason jewel with the assistance of Ex. Comp. Fred 
J. Gale, his life-long friend and companion. After which they gave an in- 
spiring talk of their early associations in the Chapter, they being the two 
oldest living Past Principals. This presentation was accepted most 

On October 26 a Lodge of Instruction was held in Palestine Chapter 
No. 249, Bowmanville, under the direction of V. Ex. Comp. Ford M. 
Warren, chairman of District No. 10 Masonic Instruction Committee, to- 
gether with R. Ex. Comp. E. J. McKeever, Ex. Comp. W. E. McKinstry 
and Ex. Comp. D. Miller, when the Mark Master Mason degree was 
exemplified and explained. The majority of the Chapters were in at- 
tendance, there being 47 Companions present. 

It was the recommendation of this Committee of Instruction that the 
visitations of the Chapters be increased with the visiting officers and 
Companions conferring the degree of the evening. I am pleased to state 
that this practice is now underway with the result that the Companions 
are becoming more proficient with the ritual and a closer tie between 
the Companions is in evidence. The officers of the District are taking a 
keen interest and the Companions appear to be giving them excellent 

I have seen all degrees conferred and I am certain that if this policy 
of visitations is continued we will note a greater uniformity in the work 
as well as a continual improvement in its exemplification, which in turn 
should increase the interest and attendance. 

Each Chapter was visited twice by me and some more often. In 
every case a cordial and fraternal welcome was extended to me as the 
representative of the Grand First Principal. 

I endeavored to give a talk on the history behind the degree given 
on that night with its symbolisms and allegorical statements as they 
refer to our everyday life. It is mv hope that these talks were received 
with the thoughts they were intended to inspire. 

The 'Travelling Keystone, " which I had the pleasure to make some 
years ago, followed me on all my official visits and has, to some degree, 
brought the Chapters in our District closer together. In reading the 
messages that have been written in the accompanying book, each one of 
which is written by the First Principal of each Chapter, on the passing 
on of the "White Stone," I have found them very interesting. Each mes- 
sage proved that a great deal of study and thought was given by the 
writer in composing it. 

It is the hope of Keystone Chapter No. 35, G.R.C.. and King Darius 
Chapter No. 134, G.R.C., Cannington, to have their new Chapter rooms 
consecrated before M. Ex. Comp. Fraser E. J. Hay, M.D., retires from 
the office of Grand First Principal. 

To the Principals, Officers and Companions of our District I ex- 
press my sincere gratitude for their cooperaion. I am especially grateful 
to the Past Grand Chapter officers who so ably assisted me during the 
year. The friendships extended to me, my secretary and the Companions 
who accompanied me made these visits very enioyable. I would like to 
extend my thanks to Ex. Comp. Fred J. Gale and Companions Harold M. 
Douglas and Albert E. V. Gould who accompanied me on all my visits, 
both informal and official. Companion Gould of Woolmer Forest Chapter 
No. 3872, Borden, Hants, England, in a letter I received from him after 


his return home perfectly expressed my thoughts when he said that the 
fellowship extended to him, a visitor from another country, exemplified 
to the utmost the true spirit o( brotherly love, relief and truth and that 
he now knew that this was not just an idle phrase. 

I am sorry to state that there have been some suspensions through- 
out the District. This is regrettable but usually necessary. Some of the 
demits were caused, not by lack of interest, but because of age and 
physical disability. Many are unable to climb the stairways to the Chap- 
ter rooms, but as long as the temples are in the upper stories of buildings 

I am afraid that this problem will continue. This is a pity as the older 
Companions could be the backbone of the Chapters. 

There are a number of new candidates coming to the Chapters and 
If a sustained drive is made by the Companions this could be increased. 

It was my pleasure on February 12, 1965, to present a 25-year Past 
Principal's jewel to Ex. Comp. Charles E. Stephenson of Victoria Chap- 
ter, R.A.M. No. 37, G.R.C., Port Hope, on behalf of M. Ex. Comp. Fraser 
E. J. Hay, M.D., and Grand Chapter, after which he made a suitable 

'Palestine Chapter, R.A.M. No. 249, G.R.C., Bowmanville, conferred 
the degree of the evening, this being their visit as set up in a schedule 
by the Committee of Instruction to provide inter-Chapter visits. A large 
turnout of visitors made the evening profitable. 

King Darius Chapter, R.A.M. No. 134, G.R.C., Cannington, made a 
visit to Keystone Chapter, R.A.M. No. 35, G.R.C., Whitby, on their 
regular Convocation on February 8, 1965. 

It is to be noted that this program of interchanging visits is proving 
its worth. 

In closing I wish to state that in the overall picture the prospects of 
Royal Arch Masonry in this District are very favorable. Again I wish to 
thank all the Companions in the District for a year that will remain in 
my memory for years to come. To my successor may I offer my whole- 
hearted cooperation and support and may his year in office be as reward- 
ing to him as this one has been to me. 


R. Ex. Comp. Elburne Zeran 

I wish to submit my report for the past year and as it draws to a 
close I wish to express my appreciation to my own Chapter, Mount 
Sinai No. 44, the Principals' Association of Prince Edward District No. 

II for their consideration in placing my name with Grand Chapter as 
Grand Superintendent and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay in confirming 
the appointment. 

Eight official visits were made and on every occasion I was re- 
ceived in a friendly manner befitting a visit from our Grand First Prin- 

On all visits except one a degree was conferred. The work was con- 
ducted in a very efficient manner, indicating that the First Principal and 
his officers were dedicated to their offices. A profitable evening was 
enjoyed when the District chairman of the Masonic Education Committee 
gave a lecture and conducted a quiz. 

The official visits were: 

June 16 — Presqu'ile No. 144, Brighton 

Sept. 3— Keystone No. 72, Stirling 

Sept. 28— Madoc No. 161, Madoc 

Oct. 12— Quinte Friendship No. 227, Belleville. 

Oct. 19— Prince Edward No. 31, Picton. 

Nov. 3 — Moira No. 7, Belleville 

Nov. 17— St. Marks No. 26, Trenton 

Nov. 18— Mount Sinai No. 44, Napanee 


I visited all the Chapters in the District at least once more during 
my term of office and attended four installations. 

The District also had a regular schedule of inter-Chapter visits which 
started on March 16 and finished on April 12. 

During the year I presented one 25-year Past Principal's jewel to 
Ex. Comp. E. F. P. Young of Mount Sinai No. 44. 

Membership for the District is down, but this appears to be the 
trend and would recommend to overcome this that each Chapter appoint 
an active membership committee which would seek desirable candidates. 
This would also apply to the slight decrease in attendance at Convoca- 
tions. An active attendance committee would help here also. If you are a 
regular attender contact a Companion who is not attending and remind 
him of the date and how much he misses and is missing. 

During my visit I found much enthusiasm and the spirit of the of- 
ficers of the different Chapters excellent, therefore I believe the pros- 
pects for Royal Arch Masonry in this District are good. 

R. Ex. Comp. N. G. Tuck 

I assumed the office of Grand Superintendent with misgivings and 
relinquish it with a sense of futility. 

From a selfish viewpoint it has been an interesting, pleasant, chal- 
lenging, rewarding and memorable experience. To the many Companions 
who made it so I wish to express my thanks and appreciation, in par- 
ticular to Ex. Comp. Seaver for his diligence, sound judgment and advice; 
to the Companions and Principals of Covenant Chapter for their support 
and assistance; to the Principals of each Chapter for their warm recep- 
tion and many frank discussions. 

Each of the Chapters in the District were visited formally once; 
three meetings were held with the sitting Principals and one with the 
Past Grand Superintendent. To continue a practice of some years stand- 
ing a schedule of inter-Chapter visits was set. 

The meetings with the sitting Principals were well attended and 
provided an opportunity for frank and open discussions on problems 
common to several Chapters and on others unique to a few. The cold 
statistics of membership, attendance and benevolence tell a story of 
general apathy. These meetings told of the sincerity, dedication, hopes 
and pride in our organization and also of frustrations, uncertainties and 
difficulties of the men leading our Chapters. 

Depending upon the objectives established for the organization and 
the basis upon which it is to be judged, Royal Arch Masonary in St. 
Lawrence District is either an outstanding success or a distinct failure. 

On the basis that Royal Arch Masonry is the custodian of certain 
degrees which it confers upon qualified candidates, it is highly successful. 
During 1964 I saw degrees conferred in each Chapter. In every instance 
the candidate was taught the essentials of the degree and the ritual was 
given accurately. This was usually done with a minimum of manpower 
either as participants or as observers. In addition other business was 
generally disposed of quickly, efficiently and effectively, sometimes 
creating the impression it was a nuisance and not worthy of discussion 
or debate. 

If this is the main objective, we are meeting it, and it is unfair to 
criticize the Chapters for poor attendance, loss of membership, arrears 
of dues and inactive committees. 

In this District this objective has become paramount because of 
three main factors: 

1. The Scribe E., nominally the chief administrative officer, some- 
times has, or prior occupants have had, virtual veto power over the Prin- 
cipals. He alone has contact with Grand Chapter and therefore is the 


interpreter of authority and responsibility. When this is combined with 
long tenure of office and past Grand rank the effect can be overpower- 
ing-. If greater activity by the Chapters is desirable it must be done 
through the Principals as the seat of executive authority and leadership. 
This entails establishing the main channel of communication from Grand 
Chapter through the Superintendent to the Principals. 

2. The Constitution of Grand Chapter, in the eyes of many Prin- 
cipals, is not a practical manual for their guidance. In its present form 
it is extremely useful to a Grand Superintendent and is obviously de- 
signed for maximum utility of Grand Chapter officers. If it is desirable 
for the Principals to provide leadership to their Chapters, I recommend 
that a condensed version of the Constitution be provided specifically for 
their use, setting forth simply the relationship between constituent 
Chapters and Grand Chapter and the duties, responsibilities and au- 
thority of Chapter officers. 

3. There is confusion on division of authority between Grand Chap- 
ter and constituent Chapters. On several occasions I found it necessary to 
remind Companions that Grand Chapter, as the governing body, has re- 
stricted unto itself that power which it considered essential and that these 
were stated in the Constitution and ruling. All unspecified authority was 
automatically allocated to the individual Chapter. They could engage in 
any activity not specifically prohibited and responsibility for failure to 
become involved in worthwhile activities was theirs alone. These com- 
ments were invariably met with sceptisism and disbelief. 

Personally I believe a different objective is necessary for Royal 
Arch Masonry. Every worthwhile human being needs and wants to be 
included in projects from which others benefit. We, as an organization, 
should be a vital, united and active force in our individual area, in our 
province and in our nation. For this we have many assets, including a 
good but diminishing reputation, the essential manpower, dedicated and 
capable leaders, the financial resources and the basic organization. 

For increased activity a third organizational level should be created 
by establishing "District Chapters" to handle District affairs. The 
Grand Superintendent would be the District First Principal, acquiring 
this office by serving in subordinate offices and becoming familiar with 
the affairs of the District. This would provide continuity in this office, 
assume the functions of Past Principals' Associations, incorporate the 
District Masonic Education Committee, train the Chapter officers, pro- 
vide initiative to form new Chapters and assist Chapters in difficulty. 
The training of Chapter officers should include not only the ritual but 
also the conduct of meetings and the principle of organizing and utilizing 
large groups of men (over 3'00 in our largest Chapter). 

Lastly, I would like to suggest that each of us as individuals, Royal 
Arch Masonry as an organization and even Canada as a nation will be 
judged by posterity on our contribution to the elimination of illiteracy 
which a recent UNESCO report termed the "Challenge of the Century." 
It is a problem to which the philosophy of Royal Arch Masonry is par- 
ticularly applicable: we have the organization to function on a regional 
and provincial basis. Can we act with our sister organizations on a na- 
tional and international basis? In our local high school the education of 
a few students is in jeopardy for lack of clothing. Does this exist else- 
where and should our Chapters help? There are regions in Canada, and 
minority groups, where educational facilities are inadequate. Is our in- 
fluence desirable? There are countries where 80 per cent of the adult 
population is illiterate and throughout the world the number of illiterates 
is increasing. As an organization can we provide for the education of 
one child. 10 children, 1,000 children? "Inasmuch as you have done it 
unto the least of these . . ." 


R. Ex. Comp. Claude Vickers 

The honor of being the representative of the Grand First Principal as 
Grand Superintendent of the Ottawa District has been an enlightening 
and rewarding experience. I am deeply grateful to the Companions of 
Ottawa District No. 13 for electing me to the office of Grand Superinten- 
dent and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser J. Hay for his confirmation thereof. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. J. Fred Markey as my sec- 
retary. He accompanied me on all visits, both official and informal, and 
performed his duties in a very efficient manner. I am greatly indebted to 
him and to many other Companions of all ranks for their invaluable 
advice, assistance, moral support and encouragement. 

On May 29, 1964, a District meeting was held in the Masonic Temple 
at Ottawa. A minute of silence was observed in memory of M. Ex. Comp. 
Reginald J. Lewis, Grand Third Principal, and R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. 
Johnson, Past Grand Scribe E., who had both died in the previous few 
days and who had both done so much for Royal Arch Masonry. Sections 
of the Constitution and Manuals of Instruction were covered. R. Ex. 
Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, chairman of the District Masonic Instruction 
Committee, and R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey, vice-chairman, addressed the 
meeting and conducted a very informative question and answer section. 
Following the meeting light refreshments were provided by Carleton 

On Sunday, May 24, I attended divine service with the Companions 
of St. Francis Chapter No. 133 at Trinity United Church, Smiths Falls. I 
also attended divine service with the members of Maple Chapter No. 116 
in Memorial Park United Church, Carleton Place, on Sunday, September 
27. These services were very well attended. 

My official visits were as follows: 

Sept. 17 — Laurentian No. 151, Pembroke 

Sept. 18— St. Francis No. 133, Smiths Falls 

Oct. 7— Kitchener No. 210, Russell 

Oct 15— Prince of Wales No. 226, Perth 

Oct. 19 — Bonnechere No. 114, Renfrew 

Oct 26 — Glengarry No. 143, Maxville 

Oct 29— Ottawa No. 222, Ottawa 

Nov. 2 — Dochert No. 248, Arnprior 

Nov. 4 — Maple No. 116, Carleton Place 

Nov. 12 — Granite No. 61, Almonte 

Nov. 18— Carleton No. 16, Ottawa 

Nov. 26— St. John's No. 148, Vankleek Hill 

On all visits I was received with the dignity due to the representa- 
tive of the Grand First Principal. I was also received with warmth and 

I found the officers to be proficient in their duties and the Com- 
panions were attentive and interested. There is a fine spirit in all the 
Chapters in the Ottawa District and while some Chapters have not had 
too many new members I am convinced that this is just a temporary con- 
dition which will improve in the future. 

I am happy to report that the prospects of Dochert Chapter appear 
to be improving. It is my considered opinion that the working and ex- 
emplifying of degrees for this Chapter by the members of other Chapters 
will not cure the ills that have beset Dochert Chapter. I advocated that 
young interested members should be placed into offices where the Chap- 
ter would benefit from their energy and enthusiasm. This has now been 
done and I am sure Dochert Chapter can look forward to better things. 

Another highlight of the season was the visit to Ottawa Chapter of 
Central City Chapter No. 70 of East Syracuse, N.Y., on June 6 and 7. 


M. Ex. Comp. Fraser J. Hay, Grand First Principal, and R. Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven, Grand Second Principal, were present as well as M. Ex. 
Comp. Bruce H. Smith. M. Ex. High Priest Sylvanus Nye, Grand High 
Priest of the State of New York, and his Grand Council were in atten- 
dance. On Saturday, June 6, after a dinner, Central City Chapter exempli- 
fied the M.E.M. degree. On Sunday, June 7, a divine service was held in 
Wesley United Church with R. Ex. Comp. the Rev. Pointen conducting 
the service and preaching the sermon. After the service a dinner was 
served in the church hall for the Companions and their ladies. 

On Saturday, November 21, a District reception was held in Ottawa 
to honor M. Ex. Comp. Fraser J. Hay with Carleton Chapter No. 16 
acting as the host Chapter. This reception and banquet was well attended 
and the Grand First Principal gave a very inspiring address. 

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all Companions of this 
District for the support and cooperation extended to me. Special thanks 
to those Companions who gave their time to accompany me on all or 
most of my visits. My grateful thanks also to the officers and members 
of Carleton Chapter for their support and assistance. 

R. Ex. Comp. V. K. Croxford 

It is with sincere pleasure that I submit my report as Grand Super- 
intendent of Algoma District No. 14 for the year 1964-65. It is also with 
a feeling of humility and a sense that I have failed to contribute as much 
to the cause of capitular Masonry as I had hoped in a year which has 
proved all too short for the fulfilment of the plans with which the year 

However, my sincere thanks is extended to the Companions who 
made this most enjoyable year possible by proposing mv name and by 
supporting it and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay for confirming the ap- 

In general, capitular Masonry is not flourishing in Algoma District 
to the degree that the devoted Companions would wish. There is a solid 
core of Companions led by a number of Excellent Companions and Right 
Excellent Companions who are sincerely interested in the wellbeing of 
capitular or Royal Arch Masonry. Even these are restricted by the wide- 
spread demands made today upon the time of the individual interested in 
the community's welfare of every kind and the ordinary claims of 
modern living. As a result membership decreases and attendance is piti- 
fully small as it is throughout the jurisdiction of Grand Chapter and, 
judging from reports, in almost every Grand Chapter jurisdiction on the 
continent. Nor is this confined to Royal Arch Masonry alone. 

If Freemasonry at all levels is to flourish or even to survive it may 
be necessary to adopt a more militant and dynamic attitude. If the order 
is to expand it may be necessary to throw away the shield of conceal- 
ment, which sometimes shielded only a vacuum, and demonstrate to our 
fellowmen our good works and interest in mankind other than ourselves. 

We live in a shrill, clamorous world where the mild and unpretentious 
are generally ignored. The interests and the energies of men are being 
drawn upon bv a host of active, well-advertised, charitable and benevo- 
lent organizations of all kinds which compete for the time and the efforts 
of the good men of the community. This time and these efforts are 
limited and since man takes satisfaction from doing and from an ap- 
preciation of his doing. Freemasonry is being more and more overlooked. 

There will probably always remain a core of devoted individuals 
content that none but their fellow craftsmen are aware of their good 
work and their devotion, but if we are to attract and sustain the interest 
of large numbers in this hectic age it may become imperative, while pre- 
serving all the ritual and the ancient landmarks, to formulate some pro- 


gram for making apparent, to those outside, our interest in the general 

These are matters which will need to be given serious consideration. 

More locally, perhaps consideration should also be given to a pro- 
posal made some years ago by a former Grand Superintendent that Al- 
goma District No. 14 be divided. At that time the writer > rejected the 
proposal. Time and perhaps experience has changed that viewpoint. 

A division might enable the representatives of the Grand Z. to ac- 
complish much more among the constituent Chapters than is presently 
possible in such a widespread area. 

Perhaps a new Chapter should be formed in the Nipigon, Beard- 
more, Manitouwadge, Geraldton area and a division made to include this 
with Dryden and the Lakehead Chapters. 

The completion of Highway 11 would make the Kenora, Rainy River, 
Fort Frances and Atikokan Chapters a fairly close-knit area, as distances 
go, in this part of the province. 

Consideration of such a proposal is recommended. 

Official visits were made as follows: 

June 15 — Golden Star No. 254, Dryden 

June 18 — Atwood No. 149, Rainy River 

June 24 — Golden No. 90, Kenora 

Oct. 13— Alberton No. 152, Fort Frances 

Dec. 14 — Quetico No 259, Atikokan 

Dec. 16— Shuniah No. 82, Port Arthur 

Dec. 17— Fort William No. 140, Fort William 

While work was not carried out on all these occasions, the Chapters 
which did not work degrees at the time of the official visit had done so 
on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Fort William Chapter on April 
25, 1964, and had made an excellent showing then. While all subsequent 
presentations did not reach this high standard the general situation was 
good. The 60th anniversary referred to, which opened my year, was prob- 
ably the high point. One disappointment was that I was unable to attend 
the special Convocation of Golden Star Chapter in Dryden on June 13, 
1964, when all degrees were conferred. 

I would be remiss if I did not make mention of the faithful service 
rendered by my secretary, Ex. Comp. Alex Warnuk, who accompanied me 
on all my visits and who will always carry the scars of severe lacerations 
about the head and face sustained in an accident as we were returning on 
December 18, 1964, from visits at the Lakehead. 

My year in office has been one that I shall always remember and I 
trust that my successor will receive the same kindness, cooperation and 
hospitality that I have received and that he may succeed in accomplish- 
ing much more than this year has seen. However, despite the limited 
contribution, the memories are precious. 

R. Ex. Comp. K. R. Shore 

It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as Grand Superinten- 
dent of New Ontario District No. 15. 

In submitting this report on the condition of the Royal Arch Masonry 
in this District may I take this opportunity to thank the Principals and 
Past Principals for the honor they have conferred on me in electing me 
to the office of Grand Superintendent and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, 
M.D., for his confirmation of my appointment. 

It gave me a great deal of pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. Angus J. 
Morrison as my secretary as he- has given great service to Espanola 
Chapter and to me has been a wonderful help and most cooperative. 

I am also deeply indebted to R. Ex. Comp. William McKee, who 
graciously accepted the chairmanship of the District Masonic Education 


Committee and has been energetically carrying on this most necessary 
work in our District. 

I also wish to thank the Companions of Espanola Chapter who ac- 
companied me or. my visits, especially to R. Ex. Comp. A. J. Higgins 
whose wise counsel was of great help. 

My official visits were as follow.-. 

.May 19 — Espanola No. 257 

Oct. 1— St. John's No. 103, North Bay 

Oct. 13— Tuscan No. 95, Sudbury 

Nov. 6 — Algonquin No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie 

On all of these official visits I was graciously received with the 
dignity that should be accorded the representative of the Grand First 

On each visit a degree was conferred with the exception of one 
where, due to unavoidable circumstances, the M.M.M. degree was ex- 
emplified. On all occasions the ritual work was rendered efficiently and 
effectively, a credit to the officers and members of the respective Chapter 
and to Royal Arch Masonry in this District. 

While on my official visit to Algonquin Chapter No. 102 I had the 
honor to present R. Ex. Comp. H. W. Walker with his 25-year Past Prin- 
cipal's jewel. I also journeyed to Copper Cliff and was accompanied by 
R. Ex. Comps. McKee and Walker of Tuscan Chapter No. 95 to present 
Ex. Comp. W. J. H. Bray with his 25-year Past Principal's jewel, as he is 
confined to bed. 

This was indeed a privilege and a distinct honor to meet again with 
these Companions who have contributed so much to our Royal Craft in 
this District. 

The average attendance was up slightly from previous years and re- 
flects the work of the officers of the various Chapters. I feel the interest 
is greater with the fellowship and enthusiasm a credit to Royal Arch 
Masonry. The prospects of the Chapters are good with much raw ma- 
terial to work with in the District. 

In conclusion I feel that Royal Arch Masonry is in good hands in 
this District and I wish to thank all the Companions for their wonderful 
cooperation that made the experience a most memorable one during my 
term of office. 

To my successor I wish him the same friendly and generous support. 
I will be happy to cooperate with him to ensure a most pleasant and suc- 
cessful term. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Humphries 

In presenting this report of my term as Grand Superintendent of 
Temiskaming District No. 16 I first wish to express my sincere ap- 
preciation to the Chapters of the District in ronferring this honor on me 
and to the Grand First Principal for his confirmation of my election. 

And next my thanks to Ex. Comp. R. F. Dewar for his acceptance of 
the appointment as my secretary. His loyal support and efficient handling 
of the duties of this office were of the greatest benefit to me. 

The highlight in capitular Masonry in my term was the District 
reception held September 19 in honor of the Grand First Princinal, Dr. 

-r Hay. His address at the reception was most inspiring and thought- 
provoking: this was a memorable and happy occasion. 

My official visits were as follow-: 

Oct. 8— Temiskaming No. 169. New Liskeard. M.M.M. 

Oct. 2&— Kirkland No. 251. Kirkland Lake. M.M.M. 

Xov 25— AbHibi No. 223. Iroquois Falls. M.E.M. 

Feb. 17— Northern Lights No. 213. Timmins, M.E.M. 

It was also my pleasant duty, assisted by the Past Principals, to 


install and invest the officers of Abitibi and Northern Lights Chapters. 

I was received at each Chapter in a most gracious and dignified 
manner as the representative of Grand Chapter. 

The quality of the work in conferring degrees was excellent in all 
Chapters and the degrees were conferred in an impressive and sincere 

A very slight increase is shown in membership in this District. At 
each of my official visits I stressed the need of reactivating the Atten- 
dance Committees and to go all out and really try to induce members to 
attend meetings and to especially invite newly raised Master Masons to 
become Royal Arch Masons, and that increased use should be made of the 
District Masonic Instruction Committee to provide excellent programs 
from the wealth of material that is available. 

In conclusion I would like to acknowledge the loyal support of the 
Companions of Northern Lights Chapter who accompanied me on my 
visits. This was very gratifying. I would also pledge full support to my 
successor in office and trust that his term will be as rewarding to him as 
my term has been to me. 



To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

I submit herewith Statement of Receipts and Disbursements for the 
period March 1, 1964, to February 28, 1965: 



Balance February 29, 1964 $6,923.66 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Receipts from Chapters $22,553.30 

Grand Convocation receipts 1,944.70 

Refund from mileage and per diem 282.44 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 1,011.63 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership 39.75 

Interest on investments 2,73*0.95 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 655.40 

Sale of History 4.00 

Sale of trust company certificates 3,000.00 

Refund from Grand Z. re flowers 3.09 32,225.26 


Grand Scribe E. Office: 

Compensation $5,499.84 

Assistants 3,901.18 

Rent 2,496.00 

Miscellaneous 1,449.04 


Proceedings 1,616.59 

General 512.84 


Grand Z 2,00-0.00 

General 363.20 


Grand Convocation 5,085.01 

Grand Executive 1.913.28 

Grand Historian and Reviewer 300.00 

Audit fee 500.00 

Jewels, medals and engraving 120.65 

Education and instruction 31.02 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Transfer to Chapters' Life Membership Fund 2.84 

Printing supplies for re-sale 2,360.34 

Grand Z. regalia 57.98 

History of Grand Chapter 1.80 

Insurance 2,825.92 

Capital expenditures 4,230.64 35,443.17 

Balance as at February 28, 1965 3,705.75 





Balance February 29, 1964 $1,081.10 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Interest on investments $2,499.36 

Bank interest 38.89 2,536.25 



Benevolent grants $1,350.00 

Balance as at February 28, 1965 2,267.35 3,617.35 



Balance February 29, 1964 621.02 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Commutations $1,140.00 

Interest on investments 770.00 

Bank interest 19.61 1,929.61 2,550.63 


Transferred to General Fund $1,011.63 

Balance as at February 28, 1965 1,539.00 2,550.63 



Balance February 29, 1964 $96.56 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Bank interest $ 4.84 

Addition to Fund 238.80 

Transfer from General Account 2.84 246.48 



Transferred to General Fund $39.75 

Balance as at February 28, 1965 303.29 343\04 

Respectfully submitted, 


Grand Treasurer 

Examined and verified — John D. Lewars, C.A., Auditor 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 

F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Treasurer be received and 




To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

I present herewith the annual report of cash receipts and ledger 
balance for the fiscal year ending February 28, 1965. 

March 1, 1964, to February 28, 1965 



Name of Chapter 
Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 

The Hiram 

St. John's, London 

The St. Andrew and St. John 

St. George's 

St. John's, Hamilton 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 




Mount Moriah 

Mount Horeb 




St. Mark's 





Prince Edward, Picton 



Keystone, Whitby 


Victoria, Port Hope 



Mount Sinai, Napanee 


St. James 


St. John's, Cobourg 


Palestine, St. Thomas 



King Hiram 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 





St. Paul's Toronto 
The Malloch 

















































$ 83.50 




















$ 1.00 







No. Name of Chapter 

67 Enterprise 

68 Maitland 

69 Grimsby 

71 Prince of Wales, Essex 

72 Keystone, Stirling 

73 Erie 

74 Beaver, Strathroy 

75 St. Clair, Milton 

76 Mount Nebo 

77 Occident 

78 Minnewawa 

79 Orient 

80 Ark 

81 Aylmer 

82 Shuniah 

83 1 Ionic, Orangeville 

84 Lebanon, Wingham 

88 MacNabb 

90 Golden 

91 Toronto- Antiquity 

94 Midland 

95 Tuscan 

102 Algonquin 

103 St. John's, North Bay 

104 White Oak 

110 Warkworth 

112 St. John's, Morrisburg 

113 Covenant 

114 Bonnechere 

115 Brant 

116 Maple 

117 Kitchener, Kitchener 
119 King Cyrus, Leamington 

129 Elliott 

130 Chantry 

131 Amabel 

132 Leeds 

133 St. Francis 

134 King Darius 

135 Succoth 

138 Shekinah 

140 Fort William 

143' Glengarry 

144 Presqu'ile 

145 The St. Patrick 

146 Bernard 

147 Lucknow 

148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 

149 Atwood 

150 London 

151 Laurentian 

152 Alberton 

153 Sombra 

155 Ancaster 

161 Madoc 

163 The Beaches 

164 Lome 

167 Kichikewana 





















































































































Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

168 Ionic, Campbellford 119.00 5.17 

169 Temiskaming 93.50 

175 The Hamilton 112.20 1.50 

184 Hugh Murray 132.00 14.50 

195 Peel 168.80 11.25 

198 Couchiching 163.0-0 11.05 

205 Victoria, Thornhill 152.70 1.00 

210 Kitchener, Russell 101.00 6.72 

212 Mount Sinai, Toronto 491.40 42.87 

213 Northern Lights 151.90 3.40 

214 Vimv 72.25 

215 Mimico 173.50 63.00 

7 St. Alban's 139.50 .50 

218 Prince Edward, Shelboume 65.00 .30 

219 Ulster 104.80 51.00 

220 Lebanon, Lambton Mills 174.00 

221 Durham 66.00 2.72 

222 Ottawa 343.30 1.90 

223 Abitibi 86.80 1.50 

224 Keystone, Hamilton 117.60 

225 Beaver, Toronto 123.00 55.00 

226 Prince of Wales, Perth 213.00 1.00 

227 Quinte Friendship 270.00 12.00 

230 Port Credit 122.50 71.50 

231 The St. Clair, Toronto 170.00 170.77 

232 King Cyrus, Toronto 109.60 46.50 

233 Oakwood 112.00 16.00 

234 Halton 151.00 58.50 

235 Aurora 110.50 1.37 

236 Caledonia 95.00 1.57 

238 The St. Andrew 227.00 .35 

239 Blenheim 121.50 .50 

240 Smithville 35.00 .50 

241 University 89.50 1.50 

242 St. Paul's, Lambeth 84.00 1.50 

243 McKay 91.50 17.15 

245 Preston 64.50 .40 

246 Humber 186.50 5.00 

247 Nilestown 172.50 13.85 

248 Dochert 51.00 

249 Palestine, Bowmanville 104.50 

250 Thomas Peters 224.00 10.22 

251 Kirkland 13'4.50 70.50 

252 Hiawatha 146.00 5.87 

253 Regal 98.50 6.72 

254 Golden Star 219.00 17.32 

255 Tillsonburg 138.80 7.55 

257 Espanola 149.50 48.90 

258 Tvrian 54.25 6.12 

259 Ouetico 49.25 3.50 

260 Centennial 77.30 4.32 

261 Seguin 57.70 3.91 

262 King David 78.93 7.02 

263 The Scarborough 190.30 5.30 
Grand Chapter of Alberta 101.50 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia 205.00 5.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 51.50 


Balance Balance 
No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick 39.90 13.50 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 56.00 55.00 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 125.00 

Rebate of Executive Committee expenses 282.44 

Sales to sundry individuals 18.57 

Grand Convocation receipts 1,944.70 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 1,011.63 

$27,112.54 $2,204.52 $177.32 

For the year ended February 28, 1965 

Receipts from Chapters $22,553.30 

Grand Convocation receipts 1,944.70 

Rebate of Executive Committee expenses 382.44 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 1,011.63 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 39.75 

Interest on investments 2,730.95 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 655.40 

Sale of History 4.00 

Sundries — recovery from Grand Z. re flowers 3.09 

Sale of Toronto General Trust Certificates 3,000.00 


Examined and verified: 

(Signed) JOHN D. LEWARS, C.A. 

Submitted herewith is my fourth Annual Report of Grand Chapter 
for the year ending December 31, 1964, for your approval. 

The year was one of revision and corrections for Grand Chapter of- 
fice with the Office Systems being well on the way to installation, and 
133 of the 158 Chapters' memberships having been reviewed and brought 
into agreement. This has proven to be an undertaking of considerable 
magnitude what with the many alterations, going as far back as the 
1870s, and of endeavoring to decipher the older handwritten records. The 
Statistical Table indicating a net adjustment in membership of 188 mem- 
bers was only arrived at after 1,121 alterations to Grand Chapter records 
for the 133 Chapters then completed. The remaining Chapters will be 
adjusted during the next period. 

Again many of the Annual Returns were not received at Grand 
Chapter office on time and it was almost impossible to have a report 
ready for Grand Chapter audit. Of the 158 Chapters, 51 of the Returns 
were received by the end of January in accordance with Grand Chapter 
Constitution. A further 9 were received during February and 96 were 
received in the month of March. The St. Clair Chapter No. 231 and 
Smithville Chapter No. 240 were not received on March 31. 

The Honorary and Life Commuted Membership is also under review 
and of the same 133 Chapters reviewed there was a correction, to date, of 
219 members. It is hoped that this may be completed shortly. 

My thanks to the Scribes E. who assisted me in bringing our records 
into agreement one with another. A number of Scribes completed and 
corrected the membership lists forwarded to them and returned them to 


Grand Chapter office within three days of mailing. This was certainly 
appreciated. A follow-up of the outstanding- lists will be undertaken and 
it is these Chapters which are indicated on the Statistical Table as being 

It is hoped that arrangements may be completed so that the Scribes 
E. may be assisted by having readily available a detailed report of their 
duties relating to Grand Chapter. This would, I am sure, be especially 
welcomed by the newly installed officers. 

With the present Grand Chapter office procedure methods it is hoped 
that the 'loophole" will have been plugged thereby permitting the 
numerical listings as shown in the Proceedings to tally with the physical 
count and active members, including the commuted Companions. Without 
the extensive assistance of the many Scribes E. this would not be possible 
and their support has been most welcome. 

Respectfully submitted, 

[Root. (/. (Hamilton 

Grand Scribe E. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
R. J. Hamilton, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand S.E. be received and adopted. 



Most Excellent Companion Fraser Hay, Grand First Principal, Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I have made my regular examination of the books of account and 
supporting records of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer of the 
Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1965. From this examina- 
tion I have prepared the statements listed below and I now present them 
together with my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1965. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for the 
year ended February 28, 1965. 

Schedule "1" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as at 
February 28, 1965. 

Schedule "2" — The Life Membership Fund — Grand Chapter as at 
February 28, 1965. 

Schedule "3" — The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at February 
28, 1965. 


The Petty Cash Fund was counted at the time of my examination and 
found to be in order. Vouchers were examined in support of all disburse- 
ments from this fund. The cash in transit was deposited in the respective 
bank accounts subsequent to February 28, 1965. The several bank 
balances shown in Exhibit "A" and Schedules "1," "2" and "3" were 
verified as at February 28, 1965, and all the bank transactions in the 
several funds for the year then ended were examined. 

The Accounts Receivable from the various Chapters were reviewed 
in detail and appear to be proper charges and collectible. I note that the 
total outstanding balances from this source has increased by $621.32 over 
the preceding year. The late filing of the Annual Returns and the late 
payment of the per capita dues by your constituent Chapters constitutes 
a problem which was pointed out by your Grand Scribe E. in his report to 
the Grand Convocation last year. I recommend that the Grand Executive 
draw the attention of the several constituent Chapters to their duties 
with respect to the filing of the Annual Returns and the payment of dues. 

The amount due from the Life Membership Fund of Grand Chapter 
of $2,414.00 represents the life membership dues for the past fiscal year 
calculated at $1.00 per Life Member. I recommend that this account be 
cleared by transferring cash and investments to the General Fund. 

The computation of the accrued interest in the several funds was 
checked and found to be in order. 

The investments of the several funds are set out in detail in Exhibit 
"A" and Schedules "1" and "2." These investments are held in safe- 
deposit box in the City Hall Branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of 
Commerce in the joint custody of any two of the Grand Scribe E., the 
Grand Treasurer, the Grand First Principal and the President of the 
Executive Committee. These investments were counted on March 4, 
1965, and found to be in order. I not that during the fiscal year under 
review Toronto General Trust investments in an amount of $3,000.00 
matured and were deposited in the general account of Grand Chapter. 


So far as I was able to ascertain, from due inquiry of the officials 
concerned, and from the information presently available, all known 
liabilities of the various funds were taken up in the books of account as 
at February 28, 1965, and are reflected in the attached Statements. Upon 
instructions received from the Grand Executive, the amount provided in 
the budget for an annuity for the Grand Scribe E. has been set up as a 
reserve fund as at February 28, 1965, although no definite commitment 
for the employment of this fund was entered into as at that date. 

Details of operations of the General Fund for the fiscal year ended 
February 28, 1965, as shown by the books of account of the Grand Scribe 
E. are set out in Exhibit "B" and compared with the budget for the 
fiscal year under review as approved by Grand Chapter. You will note 
that even with the increase in per capita dues authorized last year your 
operations resulted in a net expenditure of $2,579.64. 

In my quarterly report for the nine months ended November 30, 
1964, I noted that effective January 1, 1964, the annual dues were in- 
creased from $0.85 to $1.00, and I presumed that the Life Membership 
Fund of Grand Chapter would be charged $1.00 per member annually. 
The Grand Treasurer then informed me that the General Fund was only 
entitled to draw from the Life Membership Fund an amount based on the 
per capita tax in effect at the time each Companion became a Life Mem- 
ber. However, as at February 28, 1965, information was not available 
which would enable me to make a calculation based upon the foregoing 
directive. In any event, I would point out that when the annual dues were 
increased from $0.50 to $0.75 a transfer was made from the General 
Fund to the Life Membership Fund, of investments, to enable the Life 
Membership Fund to be in a position to pay $0.75 per annum per member. 

I would, again, like to point out that the $10.00 fee that you are 
charging for life memberships cannot possibly produce the annual dues 
of $1.00 which you will be drawing from the Life Membership Fund of 
Grand Chapter for each Life Member who became a Life Member during 
1964 or who will become a Life Member during 1965 and subsequent 
years. I, again, recommend that the commutation fees for Life Members 
be increased to such a sum as will produce the current annual dues. 

As in preceding year, interim examinations were made of the books 
of account of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer and tentative 
interim reports were submitted as of August 31, 1964, and November 3*0, 

My examination included a general review of the accounting pro- 
cedures and such tests of accounting records and other supporting evi- 
dence as I considered necessary under the circumstances. I have obtained 
all the information and explanations which I have required. 

I am pleased to note that progress is being made with the installation 
of modern, streamlined statistical records which will produce the in- 
formation required more efficiently. 

In my opinion, subject to the qualifications contained in the fore- 
going comments, the attached Balance Sheet and related Statements are 
properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state of 
the financial affairs of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario as at February 28, 1965, and the results 
of operations for the year then ended, according to the best of my in- 
formation and the explanations afforded me and as shown by the books 
of the Grand Chapter. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 



Exhibit "A" 


Current Assets: 

Petty Cash Fund $ 200:00 

Cash in transit 1,015.58 

Cash in bank 2,490.17 $3,705.75 

Accounts Receivable — Chapters 2,027.20 

Due from Life Membership Fund — Grand Chap 

ter 2,414.00 

Accrued interest on investments 1,027.50 $9,174.45 


Government of Canada, 4V 2 %, 1983 22,500.00 

Sterling Trust Corp., 5^%, 1966 2,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1977 4,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 3V 2 %, 1979 28,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 4%, 1974 6,000.00 

Metropolitan Toronto 3V 2 %, 1975 3,000.00 

Less: Unamortized discount 88.80 65,411.20 

Furniture, fixtures and equipment (cost) 8,431.27 

Less: Allowance for depreciation 8,416.65 14.62 

Grand Chapter— Library 250.00 

Grand Chapter— Regalia 75.00 

Deferred charges — liability insurance 1,862.45 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1") 70,013.62 

The Life Membership Fund (Schedule "2") 21,366.70 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund (Schedule 

"3") 303.29 91,683.61 



Current Liabilities: 

Accounts payable $ 5.28 

Reserve for Annuity 500.00 

Reserve for Special Funds 91,683.61 

General Reserve: 

Balance March 1, 1964 $79,362.08 

Less: Excess of Expenditure over Revenue 

(Exhibit "B") 3,079.64 76,282.44 




For the Year Ended February 28, 1965 

Estimated Actual 
Revenue Revenue 

Fees . $ 2,200.00 

Dues 19,0 00.00 

Life .Membership dues 2,150 .00 

Dispensations and Warrants 

Sale of supplies 

Sale of 
Total Revenue . $28,325.00 $29,014.62 

Total Expenditures 36, 055.00 32,094.26 

Excess of Expenditure over Revenue $7,730.00 $3,079.64 

Exhibit "L' 

on investments 



$ 2,107.05 









or Under 

$ 92.95 










Grand Scribe E.: Expenditures 

Compensation $5,500.00 

Office assistants 4,000.00 

Rent 2,500.00 

Miscellanous (telephone, 

postage, supplies) 1,500.00 

Annuity 500.00 

Actual Expenditure 






or Under 

$ .16 




Foreign Correspondence 

— Reviewer 

Audit fee 




Proceedings 1,500.00 

General 500.00 


Grand Z. 






Executive Committee 











Jewels and engraving 1,400.00 

Grant to Masonic Library _ 125.00 

Grant Can. Mas. Res. Assoc. _ 50.00 
Chapters' Life Member. Fund 

Liability insurance 1,110.00 

Education and Instruction 500.00 

Supplies for resale 1,2 00. 00 

Archives Committee 100.00 

Regalia 40.00 

















*1, 160.34 






Capital Account: 

Office equipment 
Total Expenditures $36,055.00" 



$27,863.62 1,711.38 
4,230.64 2.249.36 

$32,094.26 $3,960.74 


Schedule "1" 
As at February 28, 1965 
Balances March 1, 1964: 

Capital $57,085.78 

Unexpended income 11,446.26 $68,532.04 


Bank interest 38.89 

Bond interest 2,483.61 

Amortization of bond discount 338.80 

Less: Amortization of bond premium 29.72 2,831.58 

Deduct: Benevolence 1,350.00 

Balances February 28, 1965: 

Capital 57,085.78 

Unexpended income 12,927.84 $70,013.62 


Cash in bank 2,208.60 

Cash in transit 58.75 

Accrued interest 897.79 3,165.14 


Government of Canada, 4V 2 %, 1983 16,700.00 

Government of Canada, 2% 7c, 1968 8,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1965 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1966 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%%, 1968 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1969 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1977 8,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 4V 2 %, 1967 6,500.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 3V 2 %, 1979 2,000.00 

Chartered Trust Co., 5M>%, 1967 2,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corp., 5^4%, 1969 3,000.00 

Deduct: Unamortized discount $1,391.50 

Less: Unamortized premiums 39.98 1,351.52 66,848.48 



Schedule "2" 
As at February 28, 1965 

Balance March 1, 1964 $21,788.59 


Interest on investments $770.00 

Amortization on bond discount 12.50 

Bank interest 19.61 

Life Membership and Honorary Membership 

issued 1,19-0.00 1,992.11 

Deduct: Life Membership dues 2,414.00 

Balance February 28, 1965 $21,366.70 


Assets : 

Cash in bank $1,239.00 

Cash in transit 300.00 

Due from Chapters 61.28 

Accrued interest on investments 256.67 


Metropolitan Toronto, 3%% f 

1975 $22,000.00 

Less: Unamortized discount .... 6.25 21,993.75 23,850.70 


Remittance from Chapters re Honorary or Life 
Memberships to be accepted when pro- 
visions of Constitution are completed 70.00 
Due to General Fund 2,414.00 2,484.00 


Schedule "3" 
As at February 28, 1965 

Balance March 1, 1964 $ 96.56 


Bank interest $ 4.84 

Commuted dues received from Chapter No. 231 238.80 

Transfer from General Fund 2.84 

Deduct: 1964 Chapter dues transferred to General Account 
and credited to Chapters' Accounts 

t 246.48 


. 39.75 



Cash in bank 

Moved by Rt. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by Most Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the Auditor's Report be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 

Your Committee on Printing has received the expenditures for the 
year ending February 28, 1965, and submits the following analysis in 
support thereof: 

Printing Procedings $1,616.59 

Printing, general 512.84 


It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed at 
the disposal of the Printing Committee for the fiscal year of 1965-66: 

Printing Proceedings $1,600.00 

Printing, general 500.00 

Printing for resale SOO.O'O 


Fraternally submitted, 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, Chairman 

R. Ex. Comp. V. K. Croxford 

R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Robins 

R. Ex. Comp. R. T. Cadwallader 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Norris 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. D. Welham, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Printing Committee be received 
and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z.. Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Your Committee reports the following- investments: 

Province of Ontario, 3 r /r, Oct. 15, 1977, registered $4,000.00 

Hvdro Electric Power Co., 4 r /r, July 15, 1974, registered 6,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Com., 3%%, Oct. 15, 1979, registered ... 28,0-00.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4%%, Sept. 1, 1983, registered 22,500.00 

City of Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 c /c, May 2, 1975, registered 3,000.00 
Sterling Trust Corporation, guaranteed trust certificate, 

5%%, 3 years 2,000.00 


Province of Ontario, &%, April 15, 1965, registered $9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, S r / r , Nov. 1, 1966, registered 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%9'r, July 15, 1968, registered 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3</r, Nov. 1, 1969, registered 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, S r /r , Oct. 15, 1977, registered 8,000.00 

Hvdro Electric Power Com., 4V 2 r /r, Nov. 1, 1967. registered ... 6,500.00 

Hvdro Electric Power Com., 3V 2 r /c, Oct. 18, 1979, registered 2.000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 2% r /r, June 15, 1968, registered 8,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4 1 / 2 7r, Sept. 1, 1983, registered 200.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 c /c, Sept. 1, 1983. registered 16,500.00 

Chartered Trust Co., 5V 2 7r. Nov. 26, 1967 2,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corporation, guaranteed trust certificate, 

5^4^-, 1968 3,000.00 



City of Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 %, May 2, 1975, registered $22,000.00 

Grand total $155,700.00 

At the request of the Grand First Principal we contacted Mr. J. J. 
Arnold, assistant manager of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada, to 
discuss the securities that should be liquidated to meet the capital ex- 
penditure necessary to improve our office facilities. It was recommended 
that we dispose of the following securities in the order named: 
$1,500 Toronto Guaranteed Trust certificate, 5%%, 1964. 
$1,500 Toronto Guaranteed Trust certificate, 5^%, 1965. 
$7,000 to $10,000 Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 %, 1983 

These recommendations were based on the approximate current 
market values with an effort to minimize the capital loss at the time of 
the sale. 

On December 4, 1964. Certificate No. 328.140 of the Toronto General 
Trust Co.. $1,500, was liquidated on maturitv and a further bank loan was 
made against Certificate No. 328,143. $1,500. This certificate was also 
liquidated on maturity date, January 27. 1965. to repay the bank loan. 

This accounts for the reduction of $3,000 in the General Account In- 
vestments. Further securities are t be sold as it becomes necessarv. 

I acknowledge with grateful thanks the assistance given by the 
Grand Council. Grand Scribe E. and Grand Treasurer. 
Fraternally submitted, 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred Scott, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Investment Committee be received. 



The Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Your Committee on Warrants and Dispensations, although eager 
and ambitious, found that our serivces were not required for the past 
year as there were no requests for warrants and/or dispensations. 
However, we remain eager and fired with ambition. 
Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 


L. C. EWENER, Chairman 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the report on Warrants and Dispensations be re- 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Companions of Grand 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 


Your Committee on Grievances and Appeals, having received no 
cases in this regard, have great pleasure in reporting it is considered that 
peace, harmonv and happiness prevail throughout our Grand Jurisdiction. 

Respectfully submitted, 



A. G. N. BRADSHAW, Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. John 
L. House, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Grievances and 
Appeals be received. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee has reviewed the address of our Grand First Prin- 
cipal Most Excellent Companion Dr. Fraser Hay and hastens to join with 
him in his welcome to our distinguished guests from our sister jurisdic- 
tions in Canada and the United States of America, particularly to our 
Deputy Grand Master Rt. Worshipful Brother and Companion the Hon. 
James Allan. Moreover, we join with him in his acknowledgement of 
loyalty and devotion to our Grand Master M. W. Bro. and Ex. Comp. 
John A. Irvine and recognition of his outstanding contribution to Free- 
masonry in our jurisdiction and which has gained for him the plaudits 
and admiration of Masons in our and other Grand Jurisdictions scattered 
throughout the freedom-loving people of the world. We have also noted 


with commendation his special welcome to those dediacted and devoted 
Royal Arch Masons who have given further practical testimony to their 
leadership in the Royal Craft by their presence at this Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

Our Grand First Principal has paid proper tribute to those dedicated 
and loyal Companions who, since our last Grand Convocation, have passed 
to the Grand Chapter above. Moreover, we deplore the loss by death of so 
many distinguished Companions from our sister jurisdictions. 

We note his particular reference to the passing of Most Excellent 
Companion Reginald J. Lewis and Right Excellent Companion Frederick 
J. Johnson and surely the remembrance of these Companions, who gave 
so much to propogate that bond of union of fraterial love which has ever 
been the foundation of our fraternal structure, should inspire us in a 
strong endeavor to emulate the example they constantly set. 

We observe with commendation his visitations, particularly through- 
out our Grand Jurisdiction, and that he has constantly been proud to 
bring a message with a challenging Masonic thought. It is apparent that 
he has fulfilled the determination he expressed a year. ago to devote such 
time and effort in the hope that he would rekindle the dedication and de- 
votion displayed by our forefathers, who gave us a proud heritage which 
we should constantly jealously guard and enhance as a consequence of 
individual efforts. 

We note his observations with reference to the Grand Chapter In- 
structional Committee and that the respective District Committees are 
being reviewed in the hope that their effectiveness will become more 
manifest. We agree that in order to accomplish this goal it is essential 
that more dedicated, interested and qualified Royal Arch Masons must be 
found who are prepared to give their time and talents to bring about a 
more effective educational program in the hope that it will stimulate 
every phase of Royal Arch Masonry at all levels. 

It woud appear that constituent Chapters are not taking full ad- 
vantage of the Grand Chapter Educational program and we commend 
the Grand First Principal for his recommendation that Chapters be 
advised and, indeed, ordered to use these Educational Committees to their 
full capacity. 

We have carefully reviewed and studied the two rulings given by the 
Grand First Principal, and finding they are constitutionally proper there- 
fore recommend that Grand Chapter approve accordingly. 

We are most pleased to observe the commendation tendered by the 
Grand First Principal to the Royal Arch Welfare Committee of Toronto 
Districts 8 and 8A, and likewise his especial expression of gratitude to 
the Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212, Toronto, which 
has contributed and enlarged its great contribution to the welfare of 
retarded children, particularly in the metropolitan area of Toronto. 

We wholeheartedly approve, and with more than ordinary en- 
thusiasm, his recommendation that Most Worshinful Brother and Com- 
panion Ewart G. Dixon, M.C., Q.C., have bestowed upon him the rank of 
Honorary Past Z. This distinguished Brother and Companion has made a 
contribution in all spheres of Masonic endeavor rarely, if ever, surpassed 
and we would be most neglectful if we did not at this time express to 
Most Worshipful Brother Ewart G. Dixon the gratitude of all Royal 
Arch Masons in our Grand Jurisdiction for his counsel, direction and close 
cooperation, which over the years have lent increased stature and prestige 
to our Grand Jurisdiction. 


We are pleased to observe that the Grand First Principal referred to 
the modernizing of Grand Chapter office and that it will result in in- 
creased efficiency in operation in the management of Grand Chapter 
and, naturally, with great benefit to the constituent Chapters. 

We tender our congratulations and gratitude to Most Worshipful 
Brother and Right Excellent Companion Joseph Hearn, Chairman of the 
Committee, also Right Excellent Companion R. J. Hamilton, Grand 
Scribe E., for their efficiency and diligence which, to a large measure, 
has brought about added progress in the administration of the manage- 
ment of the affairs of our Grand Chapter. 

The recommendation of our Grand First Principal that the rank of a 
Past Z. be conferred posthumously on Excellent Companion Norman 
Stanley Hacker of Kichikewana Chapter No. 167 has been carefully 
considered and we agree therein and request Grand Chapter's approval 

We also approve our Grand Z's appointments of Grand Representa- 
tives and tender congratulations on his choices. 

The Dispensations granted bv the Grand Z. have been carefully re- 
viewed at the Grand Chapter office and found to be constitutionally in 
order and are, therefore, approved. 

We likewise observe the number of amendments to Chapter bylaws 
which have been approved by the Grand Z. and this is excellent proof 
that Chapters are constantly alert to constitutional requirements and the 
necessity of amendments to bylaws as special circumstances arise. 

We are happy to share with the Grand Z. his congratulations to those 
veterans of Royal Arch Masonry who have received a 50-year Royal 
Arch jewel or 25-year Past Principal's jewel as a tangible expression of 
their dedication to the Royal Craft. These great monuments of practical 
application of the fundamentals and tenets of our Royal Craft should 
indeed, yes, they alone, stimulate all the Companions within our jurisdic- 
tion to pattern themselves by such an example and make a greater in- 
dividual contribution to the established and recognized heritage moulded 
and given to us by those to whom our gratitude should be unceasing. We 
likewise acknowledge a debt which can only b? paid by an individual con- 
secrated and rededicated effort to place a further stone in the great 
Masonic structure, the foundations of which were laid so firm and securely 
by these veteran Masons to whom we pay just tribute. 

We wholeheartedly agree with the suggestion made by the Grand Z. 
that great care and consideration must be exercised in the choice of of- 
ficers, and the progress of our fraternity to a large measure depends on 
the proper direction and leadership by those who have proven their 
capabilities as leaders and moulders of character. 

We likewise share in his opinion that strong committees at Chapter 
level should make sincere personal efforts to rekindle the interest and 
active cooperation of all Companions, thus eliminating suspensions and 

We also agree with his recommendation that serious thought should 
be given to the formation of a committee to study, review and recom- 
mend suitable projects to stimulate interest and devotion, particularly at 
Chapter level, in the hope that this would bring about increased atten- 
dance and dedication. 

Your Committee is particularly impressed and commends the Grand 
First Principal for the truthfulness and forthrightness of the gems of 


Masonic wisdom with which he concludes his address. His reference to 
our glorious history and that the Royal Craft has a great purpose but its 
full function can never be attained unless we accept the responsibilities 
which go with privileged membership with earnestness and determina- 
tion is worthy of practical application by all Companions. 

We also share his fears that there is great danger of complacency 
and that so many are content, to rest upon the laurels of the past rather 
than be awakened to a beckoning future. Wo commend and advocate that 
all within our jurisdiction accept his clarion call that we must first 
understand the great principles of Capitular Masonry and then make it a 
part of our lives, for then, and only then, can we expect to develop that 
determination, that desire, which will make us resolve to really make 
Masonry live, grow and endure. 
Fraternally submitted, 

M. A. SEARLE, Chairman 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's Ad- 
dress be received and adopted. 


No report for presentation at this time. 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M .Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved— That R. Ex. Comp. B. S. Scott be Grand Archivist. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 


Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

In the past year your Committee was saddened by the passing to the 
Grand Chapter above of two of the former members of this Committee in 
the persons of M. Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis, Grand J., and R. Ex. Comp. F. J. 
Johnson, Past Grand Scribe E. M. Ex. Comp. Lewis, for many years prior 
to the formation of this Committee, was actively engaged in Masonic In- 
struction as Grand Lecturer and travelled the length and breadth of this 
Grand Jurisdiction in bringing assistance, light and knowledge to his 
Companions. In 1983-84 as Grand J. he continued his interest in Masonic 
Jr-truction as Vice-Chairman of this Committee up until the onset of the 
illness which ultimately lead to his death. R. Ex. Comp. Johnson, as one 
of the initial members of this Committee, travelled extensively through- 
out the jurisdiction assisting in the establishment of District Committees. 
As a Past Grand Scribe E. he brought a wealth of knowledge to the of- 
fice of Vice-Chairman, which he held for a number of years. While these 
Companions of our former toil have been removed from our sight, the 


results of their work is evident all around us in the increasing interest 
being shown in Masonic Instruction. 

Your Committee also regrets that the former Chairman of this Com- 
mittee, R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, found it necessary to move 
to warmer climes for health reasons. As Chairman of this Committee, 
R. Ex. Comp. Tannahili, a most ardent and zealous Royal Arch Mason, 
guided the Committee through its formative years and saw it become a 
moving force for enlightment in this Grand Jurisdiction. 

In keeping with the policy established by the Committee in former 
years this Committee, with the approval of the Education Committee, 
distributed educational papers of interest to our Companions. Reports 
indicate that these papers have been well received by the Companions and 
have been used to advantage at District and Chapter meetings. Bulletins 
have also been issued answering questions that have been submitted to 
the Committee on ritual, constitutional and administrative matters. These 
educational papers and bulletins are an important phase of the Masonic 
Instruction program and the Committee intends to continue their dis- 

In the light of the increasing high turnover of Scribes E. of the Con- 
stituent Chapters it has become evident that many of the new Scribes E. 
require assistance in the performance of their duties. The Committee has 
therefore decided, with the approval of the Educational Committee, to 
prepare a Manual of Instruction for Chapter Scribes E. V. Ex. Comp. 
James Turnbull, a member of this Committee, has given a great deal of 
time in the preparation of this manual which the Committee hopes it will 
be able to publish in the coming year. 

Reports from District Committees indicate that they are frequently 
being called upon by Grand Superintendents to assist in the preparation 
and conducting of District meetings, and Chapters and Lodges of In- 

Most Committees report receiving from their District Chapters in- 
creasing requests for their services. These services have taken the form 
of assisting in the formation of Chapter Instruction Committees, informal 
discussions, short educational talks following the work in the Chapter 
room, question and answer periods, complete educational programs and 
addresses at the banquet hour. Your Committee would express our sin- 
cere appreciation for the magnificent contribution that the members of 
these District Committees are making to the dissemination of Masonic 

To the Committees who have reported few reauests for their services 
we would recommend that they persevere in their endeavors. One such 
District chairman has reported that he had entered upon his duties with 
enthusiasm; had studied the ritual and constitution; prepared talks, 
agendas and programs and had then contacted the Chapters of his Dis- 
trict informing them that the services of he and his Committee were 
available to them. For a disheartening length of time he received no re- 
sults and was on the verge of tendering his resignation when recently 
the District Committee received a request bv one of the Chapters to con- 
duct a Lodge of Instruction. He resorts that interest in this event is 
running high in the District and believes that this event will open the 
door to many more in the future. 

It is unfortunately unavoidable in programs such as this, that while 
the majority of the District Committees are making immense strides in 
the performance of their duties, that one or two are meeting with little 
success and a change in the personnel of these Committees should be con- 


In the past year it has been necessary to fill nine vacancies in District 
Committees due to members being: forced to resign for various reasons. 
On behalf of the Grand Z., your Committee has been pleased to write to 
the resigning members expressing appreciation for the time and effort 
which they have given SO freely to the work in their Districts and to the 
new appointees congratulating them on their appointment and welcoming 
them to this most important task. 

In conclusion your Committee wishes to state that while much has 
been accomplished that there remains much more to do and many more 
avenues to explore. To this end we would respectively request the as- 
sistance of all our Companions. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 


ANDREW F. NISBET, Vice-Chairman 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. 
E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Masonic Instruction Committee be 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle be elected Grand 


To the Most Excellent Grand Z., Officers and Companions of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the applications for 

relief and we recommend that an appropriation be made in the estimates 

for the coming Grand Chapter year for grants to the following: 

Chapter Grant in favor of Amount 

8 Widow of Comrj. John Lyon $200.00 

18 Comp. Edward Sidnev Coppins 200.00 

53 Daughter of Comp. John Sinclair 200.00 

88 Comp. Alex. B. Hunter 2C0.OO 

145 Daughter of Comp. James Curry 200.00 

217 Comp. Harrv Whittaker 200.00 

246 Comp. Blake Fullerton 200.00 

Special— Widow of M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith 200.00 

We further recommend that an amount of $600.00 be provided for 
Interim relief if it is needed before the next Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 



F. W. DEAN, Chairman 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
on Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for the respective years: 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden — retires 1966. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Jarvis — retires 1967. 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean — retires 1968. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Following the Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter in April of 
1963 and pursuant to a resolution of Grand Chapter (see page 79, 1963 
Proceedings), the Grand First Principal Most Excellent Companion 
Fraser Hay appointed a Special Committee to review the rules and regu- 
lations respecting benevolence. 

This Committee submitted its report and recommended certain 
changes in the rules and regulations governing Grand Chapter benevo- 
lence at the 1964 Annual Convocation which were unanimously approved. 
The Committee in its report also recommended that it be reappointed to 
give further consideration respecting Grand Chapter benevolence. The 
Grand First Principal thereupon reappointed the Committee and broad- 
ened its terms of reference by requesting that it make a recommendation 
to Grand Chapter regarding the unexpended income from dividends and 
interest received from the Grand Chapter Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund. 

It should first be mentioned that, some years ago, Grand Chapter in 
its wisdom decided that a Grand Chapter Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund should be created as a result of voluntary contributions from 
the Companions and set a goal of $50,000.00. It is worthy of note that the 
capital value of the fund is now $57,085.78. Moreover, it was properly 
decided by Grand Chapter that no monies from the capital fund could be 
expended from Grand Chapter benevolence but only the interest there- 
from could be used for this purpose. Over the years since the inception of 
the fund benevolent grants issued by Grand Chapter have not required 
the use of all monies derived as a consequence of income and, therefore, 
your Committee finds that as of February 28 of this year, the end of its 
financial year, the sum of $12,927.84 is available as unexpended income 
from the Grand Chapter Victory Benevolent Fund. 

Your Committee has given serious and thoughtful consideration to 
the expenditure of this and any available future unexpended income from 
the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. First, your Committee felt it 
was most important to decide if it should recommend to Grand Chapter 
that this money be put to use through one or more useful avenues of 
benevolent endeavor,, particularly with reference to Royal Arch Masons 
and their dependents, or should it be transferred to enlarge the capital 
sum of the Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 


After careful study of this matter your Committee is of opinion that 
the decision of Grand Chapter to keep intact the original capital value 
was most sound, yet the Companions responsible for the creation of the 
turd were of strong opinion that the interest and dividends should be 
available and expendable for the benefit of Royal Arch Masons in this 

We have given serious thought and earnest consideration to projects 
through which this Grand Chapter may give practical and advantageous 
financial service in many spheres of benevolent endeavor. 

For instance, it has been brought to our attention the great con- 
tribution made bv the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee, Toronto 
Districts 8 and 8 A, but we find its financial needs are met by its own 
endeavors and some contributions from individual Chapters. 

It has also been drawn to our attention and we have full knowledge 
of the admirable and serviceable work accomplished by Mount Sinai 
Chapter of Toronto in the great work of retarded children. Moreover, we 
have found that the somewhat large amount of finances necessary for 
this work has been made by the individual efforts and contributions of 
the Companions of Mount Sinai Chapter. 

However, notwithstanding that your Committee recognizes the need 
for finances in this particular endeavor, we are of opinion that Grand 
Chapter as such has no jurisdiction under its present rules and regula- 
tions to make a grant for this worthy endeavor from Grand Chapter Vic- 
tory Benevolent Fund. We are not suggesting that Grand Chapter cannot, 
similar to Grand Lodge, make a contribution towards the work and wel- 
fare of retarded children, but would respectfully suggest that this would 
of necessity have to be made in the form of a recommendation from the 
Grand Z. and approved by this Grand Chapter Executive Committee and 
Grand Chapter itself. 

We likewise feel that many Chapters in the jurisdiction who, having 
knowledge of the work that has been and will be accomplished in this 
important field of retarded children, may ultimately decide to make in- 
dividual contributions to this most commendable field of endeavor. We 
recommend that the incoming Grand Z. earnestly consider a project of 
this nature. 

Your Committee, therefore, finally decided that there was a great 
financial need in the field of higher education, particularly as it affected 
those high-school students who, because of financial need, were unable to 
continue higher education in Universities, Teachers' Colleges or Technical 
Schools of education. 

We are, therefore, recommending that the unexpended income from 
the Grand Chapter Benevolent Fund, which is now or may hereafter be 
available, be used, and we hope in perpetuity, for the awarding of scholar- 
ships and/or bursaries and submit for your consideration and approval 
the following regulations: 

Each vear from the first of September, 1965, scholarships and /or 
bursaries shall be open to the following individuals in the following order 
of priority: 

(a) Any child of a deceased Royai Arch Mason who at the time of his 
death was a member of a Chapter under the jurisdiction of this Grand 

(b) Any child of a deceased Royal Arch Mason who had been at any 
time a member of a Chapter under the jurisdiction of this Grand Chapter; 

(c) The child of any Royal Arch Mason; 

(d) Any Royal Arch Mason who at the time of application for 
scholarship or bursary is a member of a Chapter under the jurisdiction 
of this Grand Chapter. 



There shall be a Royal Arch Mason Scholarship and Bursary Fund 
Committee to be known as "The Scholarship and Bursary Committee," 
one member of which shall be elected each year at the Annual Convoca- 
tion of the Grand Chapter for term of five years, except that in the year 
1965 the Grand Z. shall appoint five (5) members to this Committee, one 
for a term of five (5) years, one for a term of four (4) years, one for a 
term of three (3) years, one for a term of two (2) years and one for a 
term of one (1) year. No member, except the member elected for one 
year, shall be eligible for re-election. The person elected for a term of one 
year shall be the first chairman of the Committee and thereafter the 
chairman shall be elected each year by the members of the Committee. 

It shall be the duty of this Committee to administer the award of 
scholarship or bursary in accordance with any rules or regulations gov- 
erning the award that Grand Chapter may from time to time establish. 

Any unexpended income in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund and any income in any year not expended by the Grand Chapter 
Committee on Benevolence may be placed at the disposal of the Scholar- 
ship and Bursary Committee. 

It shall be the duty of this Committee to promote and encourage con- 
tributions to the fund placed at the disposal of this Committee. 

This Committee shall have the right, subject to the approval of 
Grand Chapter, to determine the universities, federated colleges, af- 
filiated colleges or other sources of education to which the scholarship 
and/or bursary grant is to be made as well as determining the recipient 
of the award. 


1. To assist student from High School to enter University. 

2. To continue aid from year to year to student if scholastic attain- 
ment during the year justifies further assistance. 

3. To make loans to students and to give opportunity for repay- 

4. To consider, when advisable, the creation of a Charitable Trust. 

5. The term of any scholarship or bursary shall ordinarily be for one 
year. Re-appointment from year to year may be made in the discretion of 
the Scholarship and Bursary Committee, but no re-appointment shall be 
for a longer period than one year. 

6. Scholarships and bursaries shall be of such annual value as the 
Scholarship and Bursary Committee may determine in each particular 
case and more than one of different amounts may be granted in any one 

7. Scholarships and/or bursaries may be granted to pay tuition and 
fees to any university or federated or affiliated college as may be deter- 
mined by the Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 

8. Upon the adoption by Grand Chapter of the proposal to form a 
Royal Arch Masons Scholarship and Bursary Fund Committee the first 
five members to comprise the Scholarship and Bursary Committee shall 
immediately be appointed by the Grand Z. and all applications for scholar- 
ships or bursaries shall be forwarded to the chairman of this Committee. 

9. Grants from the unexpended income of the Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Committee and from contributions obtained by the Scholar- 
ship and Bursary Committee and from funds placed at the disposal of 
this Committee are to be made by direction of the Grand Z. upon the 
recommendation of this Committee. 















SEARLE, Chairman 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. F. 
W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Benevolence 
be received and adopted. 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. James E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the following M. Ex. Companions comprise the Com- 
mittee on Scholarship and Bursaries for the respective years: 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle — retires 1966 (chairman). 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden — retires 1967. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean— retires 1968. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House — retires 1969. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett— retires 1970. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and Members of 

the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 


Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee can now report on the two applications for the 
Distinguished Service Award which were pending at the last Annual 
Convocation. The first application was on behalf of Comp. Robert W. 
Tait of Mimico Chapter No. 215, Mimico, and the second was on behalf of 
Comp. Harry Young of Bonnechere Chapter No. 114 of Renfrew and both 
were approved and in due course the certificates and medals were pre- 

The first application covered Comp. Hardy Morden of White Oak 
Chapter No. 104 of Oakville and the second covered Comp. Alfred A. 
Bott of Shuniah Chapter No. 82 of Port Arthur and your Committee has 
been pleased to approve of these applications. 

Your Committee recommends that the revised regulations governing 
the requirements for the Distinguished Service Award be again published 
in the Annual Proceedings following this year's report. 

Respectfully and fraternallv submitted, 



C. M. PITTS, Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. J. L. 
House, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Awards for Dis- 
tinguished Service Medal be received and adopted. 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
on Awards for Distinguished Service Medal for their respective terms: 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D. — retires in 1966. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House — retires in 1967. 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw— retires in 1968. 


A questionnaire, available on request to Grand Chapter office, and 
duly completed must accompany a preliminary request for this award. 


The questionnaire shall be signed by the First Principal and Scribe E. 
of the Chapter. The Grand Scribe E. on receipt thereof will immediately 
forward it and any other relevant information to the Awards Committee. 
On receipt of a notice from the Awards Committee that the qualifi- 
cations enumerated in the questionnaire and other relevant information 
meet the requirement standards for this medal, a formal nomination for 
the award must be submitted through the Grand Scribe E., in writing, 
giving the complete data as contained in the preliminary request and 
such additional information as may be pertinent together with evidence 
that due notice of motion has been given all Companions of the Chapter 
and that a vote on the resolution shall have been passed by an open 
majority vote of the Chapter. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 

the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 


Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Having reviewed the reports of the Grand Superintendents and in- 
formation received from various sources your Committee beg leave to 
submit the following report. 

Since its inception this Grand Chapter has been blessed in having as 
its leaders dedicated and devoted men of outstanding character and 
ability who have been willing to give of their valuable time and remark- 
able talents in the service of Roval Arch Masonry. Such a man is our 
present Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D. Travelling 
extensively throughout this Grand Jurisdiction, in the faithful discharge 
of his duties, he has taken advantage of every opportunity to present a 
challenge to the Companions to become more actively involved in the 
grand design of Freemasonry. Making great use of his God-given talents, 
he has been able to convey to the Companions his vision of Royal Arch 
Masonry and the effective contribution it has to offer to mankind. In so 
doing he has been an inspiration to all who have been privileged to be in 
his presence. On numerous occasions he has been assisted by present and 
past Grand Chapter officers. 

Your Committee join with all our Companions in mourning the un- 
timely passing of M. Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis, Honorary Past Grand Z., and 
R. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson, Past Grand Scribe E. Both of these Com- 
panions were zealous Royal Arch Masons. For many years they faith- 
fully and unstintingly served the cause of the Royal Craft. While we are 
acutely aware of the magnitude of the loss we have suffered in their 
passing we are, however, deeply cognizant of the heritage which they 
have bequeathed unto us. 

Primarily this report on the Condition of Capitular Masonry is a 
summary of the thoughts expressed bv the Grand Superintendents in 
describing the progress of Royal Arch Masonry in their respective Dis- 
tricts. Much valuable information is also normally obtained from the 
statistical tables which each of the seventeen Grand Superintendents is 
required to attach to his report. However, we regret to state that in sub- 
mitting their reports six Grand Superintendents failed to include the 
statistical table. Your Committee is at a loss to explain this unprecedent- 
ed neglect on the part of the Grand Superintendents. All were duly in- 
structed in this requirement following their election at the last convoca- 
tion of Grand Chapter. In any event, in order to obtain information 
normally contained in the statistical tables it has been necessary for this 
Committee to anlayze over 150 summaries of information received from 


Chapter Scribes E. This has understandably added greatly to the work of 
this Committee. Your Committee, therefore, recommends that this matter 
be brought to the attention of the I ew Grand Superintendents, when 
elected, in order that it may be immediately corrected. 

Several of the Grand Superintendents have expressed concern over 
the lack of attendance at Chapter meetings. Their concern is well founded 
for a study reveals that in the past year 10 Chapters had less than 10 
per c< nt of their members in attendance, 45 Chapters 10-15 per cent, 46 
Chapters 15-20 per cent, 27 Chapters 20-25 per cent and 30 Chapters over 
25 per cent. While it is true that a small increase has been recorded in 
the percentage of attendance for the Grand Jurisdiction from 16.2 per cent 
in 1963 to 16.4 per cent we would hasten to point out that this increase 
has been brought about as a result of adjustments made to our member- 
ship in the past year and not to an increase in attendance. Indeed the 
average number of members in attendance at Chapter meetings for the 
entire jurisdiction continues to decline. Companions, this is a situation 
that cannot be permitted to continue. This Committee would once again 
rec mmend that the Grand Superintendents on returning to their respec- 
tive District acquaint the Frincipals of the Constituent Chapters of the 
seriousness of the situation and encourage them to conduct discussions in 
open Chapter in an endeavor to seek out the solution to the problem. The 
solution will not be identical for all Chapters but we are convinced that 
given the opportunity to thoroughly and openly discuss the problem that 
the Companions will be able to arrive at the correct solution for the 
problem as it exists in their own particular Chapter. 

Your Committee regrets to report a further net loss of 436 members, 
reducing our total membership to 21,512. Reports indicate total additions 
of 768, composed of 698 admissions, 48 joinings and 22 restorations as 
compared with 1.204 losses made up of 303 withdrawals, 228 suspensions, 
485 deaths and 188 net adjustments. Of our total of 158 Chapters only 54 
report increases, 93 show losses and 11 indicate no change. While we 
regret to report the deaths of 485 of our Companions it is, nevertheless, 
heartening to note that this number is the lowest since 1955. Slight im- 
provements have been recorded in restorations and suspensions. These 
improvements, however, only serve to emphasize our lack of progress in 
other areas. Admissions are the lowest since 1943, joining the lowest 
since 1942 and withdrawals have increased for the third year in succes- 

For a number of years this Committee has strongly recommended 
that every Chapter appoint an active membership committee to encourage 
the Companions to bring in new members and to thoroughly investigate 
all requests for demits and members due for suspension. It is also recom- 
mended that all Chapters study means by which they may maintain the 
interest of the Companions and thereby increase attendance and decrease 
the number of reouests for demits. From the reports of the Grand Super- 
intendents it would appear that many Chapters have not heard of these 
recommendations. While this Committee is loath to criticize the First 
Principals of the Constituent Chapters, who we believe are endeavoring 
to contribute something of value to the Royal Craft, we are nevertheless 
constrained to suggest that it would appear that many are not fulfilling 
their duties as enumerated in Section 215 of the Constitution, wherein it 
states that the Z. shall be held responsible for the reading of the pro- 
ceedings of the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. If the First Prin- 
cipals would read portions of the proceedings at regular meetings of their 
Chapters they would not only fulfil their duties in accordance with the 
Constitution but wouM also render a great service to Royal Arch Masonry 
in this Grand Jurisdiction in bringing before their Companions the re- 
ports and recommendations of the various committees of the Grand 
Executive. It is, therefore, suggested that this is yet another item which 


the Grand Superintendents may include in their instructions to the Excel- 
lent Principals at their District meetings. 

The fact that the amount of outstanding dues is in excess of $36,- 
000 and that over 1,500 of our members are in arrears is of great concern 
to this Committee. Experience has shown it is from such a source that 
come most of our suspensions and requests for demits. It is for this reason 
that this Committee has recommended that Grand Superintendents, First 
Principals and Scribes E. make every effort to return these Companions 
to good standing in their Chapters. These efforts should not, however, be 
directed solely to the payment of outstanding dues. The reason that so 
many of our members are in arrears is of greater importance than the 
money itself. In this regard we suggest that decreased membership and 
attendance, increased requests for demits, the continuing high number of 
suspensions and the amount of outstanding dues are all inter-related and 
indicative that we are failing in our attempts to attract and maintain 
the interest of our Companions. 

We have previously recommended the formation of active member- 
ship committees in every Chapter. We have also recommended on several 
occasions that Grand Superintendents, First Principals and Scribes E. be 
encouraged to take action to counteract certain specific problems and in 
other cases have suggested that discussions be held in open Chapter. All 
of these recommendations are good and we trust that they will be acted 
upon. We have, however, one further recommendation which we feel has 
merit not only for the present but also the future welfare of our order. 
We recommend that every Chapter establish a standing committee to in- 
vestigate the condition of Royal Arch Masonry, in all its aspects, in their 
own particular Chapter; this committee to be given the widest terms of 
reference, to inquire into the activity of Chapter committees, the conduct 
of Chapter business, to ascertain what is being done to create and main- 
tain the interest of our members, are the members being given the op- 
portunity to be of service either in the working of degrees or on com- 
mittees, what instruction is being provided to the members in excess of 
that required for advancement, are they being encouraged to continue 
their studies and become better informed Royal Arch Masons, are new 
members being truly received as Companions and made to feel as one of 
us or are they merely considered to be additions to the membership roll, 
to study Chapter finances, annual dues and fees for degrees, the pro- 
ficiency of the officers, the benevolent and welfare program as it applies 
both to our Companions and our resposibility to the community in which 
we live, etc. 

These and many others are areas in which this Committee may be 
vitally interested. We further suggest that all facilities, records and 
assistance be given to assist this Committee in its investigation. This 
Committee to be charged with annual reporting to the Chapter in its 
findings and recommendations at such a time as to enable the Chapter to 
consider them and the incoming First Principal to act upon them im- 
mediately upon assuming office. For such a program to be of value this 
year it is imperative that the Committee be appointed immediately in 
order that it may present a preliminary report this fall. Caution must be 
exercised in the choosing of members to serve on the Committee. Mem- 
bership should not be restricted solely to the officers and past Principals 
but should consist of a representative cross section of the Chapter mem- 
berhip. Self appraisal is always a useful exercise and we believe that 
Chapters instituting such a program will be richly rewarded. This Com- 
mittee will appreciate receiving reports from Constituent Chapters as to 
what success they may experience in this field of endeavor. 

Your Committee is pleased to report that 34 of our Chapters have 
recognised the need of assistance being given to Chapter members and 
have expended funds in addition to the grants supplied by Grand Chapter. 


Concern for the welfare of our fellow Companions and the supplying of 
assistance when and where required, without ostentation, is one of the 
great principles on which the Royal Craft is founded. 

Several of the Grand Superintendents have indicated in their report 
that if Royal Arch Masonry is to realize its destiny of being the agent 
by which universal brotherhood is to be accomplished that we must turn 
our attention outwards to the members of our community. Your Commit- 
tee is pleased to make mention of two groups of our Companions who 
have been successfully engaged in such projects. 

For over thirty years the members of the Welfare Committee of the 
two Toronto Districts have rendered untiring assistance to the sick, the 
aged and the underprivileged. Their present program encompasses the 
transportation of mothers and their children, under the care of the To- 
ronto City Mission, to and from the camp at Bronte, the visitation of out- 
of-town Companions hospitalized in Toronto, the entertainment twice a 
month of the senior citizens of Laughlen Lodge and the visitation and en- 
tertainment monthly of veterans at Divadale Hospital. 

The Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 has been 
concerned for a number of years with the welfare of retarded children in 
the city of Toronto. In this area there are three schools for retarded chil- 
dren with an enrollment of approximately 625 children, of whom 50 live 
in residence in one of the schools. Twice a month the Companions of this 
Chapter take the children in residence swimming and bowling. Every 
week for ten weeks during the summer the Companions take the children 
out to dinner, to tours of the city, picnics, etc. As many as 600 children 
in one day have been taken to special events such as the Ice Follies and 
the circus. In time many of these children are transferred to the Ontario 
Hospital at Orillia, but they are not forgotten by the Companions. Four 
times a year the Companions visit Orillia and entertain these children at 
dinner. Last year these Companions operated a summer camp for 68 chil- 
dren and they plan this year to accommodate 23*8 children. In speaking to 
Companions engaged in this work one is impressed with their sincerity, 
devotion and enthusiasm. While much has been done to alleviate the lot 
of these children the Companions feel that much more remains to be 
done and are anxious to do it. 

In mentioning only the work of these two groups of Companions of 
the city of Toronto we are not suggesting that similar programs are not 
being carried out in other areas of this Grand Jurisdiction. Rather these 
are programs of which the Committee has knowledge and would recom- 
mend to all our Companions. The Grand Superintendent of St. Lawrence 
District No. 12, writing on the need of similar action and recommending 
that interst be shown in the education of the underprivileged and the 
elimination of illiteracy, concludes his report with these words: "In as 
much as you have done it unto the least of these . . ." 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents indicate that most Dis- 
tricts have held District Divine Services which have been well attended. 
Your Committee also notes that a number of Chapters have attended 
combined services of worship. As men who have affirmed their belief in 
God it is well that we worship Him together. In so doing we also indicate 
most effectively to the world at large our belief in the existence of the 
Supreme Being and the brotherhood of all mankind. 

In reviewing the reports of the Grand Superintendents one was 
greatly impressed with the number of our Chapters which have acquired 
new homes in the past year. It is abundantly evident that the Companions 
of these Chapters have been actively engaged in the erection of physical 
as well as moral temples. Three dedications have been conductd, namely, 
Bruce No. 53, Petrolia, on June 17; Ionic No. 83. Orangeville, on October 
7, and the London Temple under the sponsorship of The St. Andrew's 


Chapter No. 238 on March 17. From the number of other temples com- 
pleted it would appear that several dedications will take place in the 
near future. To the members of these Chapters we extend our congratula- 
tions and best wishes for a successful and happy future in their new sur- 

We are most pleased to make mention of the presentation of the 
following jewels and awards: sixty-five years a Royal Arch Mason, 1; 
sixty years a Royal Arch Mason, 1; fifty years a Royal Arch Mason, 35; 
sixty years installed First Principal, 1; fifty years installed First Prin- 
cipal, 1; twenty-five years installed First Principal, 53; Distinguished 
Service Awards, 2. Grand Superintendents reporting on the presentation 
of these awards all expressed the personal satisfaction and enjoyment 
which they received in making the presentation. On behalf of all our 
Companions we would extend our sincere appreciation to these Com- 
panions for their long and faithful service to Royal Arch Masonry. 

Many Grand Superintendents report the establishment of inter- 
Chapter visitations on a District basis with all Chapters participating. 
They further report a marked increase in attendance, greater proficiency 
in the work and increasing good fellowship which they attribute to these 
visitations. This is a project which your Committee would recommend to 
all Chapters and Districts. 

The work of the District Masonic Instruction Committees are re- 
ported favorably upon by many Grand Superintendents. The Grand Sup- 
erintendents so reporting invariably had made great use of the commit- 
tees in the planning and conducting of District meetings and Schools of 
Instruction. It is felt that in these and many other ways the District 
Committees are rendering a magnificent service to their Companions. 

Once again this Committee would express appreciation to the Scribes 
E. of the Constituent Chapters. Year after year this devoted group of 
our Companions contribute immeasurably to the progress of their respec- 
tive Chapters. Proficiency in the varied duties of a Scribe E., however, 
only comes with the knowledge gained through years of service. We, 
therefore, regret to report a continuation in the high turnover of Chapter 
Scribes E. Twenty-nine Chapters found it necessary to elect new Scribes 
E. in the past year. This high rate of turnover undoubtedly has an adverse 
effect on the operation of our Grand Jurisdiction for only 51 Chapters of 
the total of 158 Chapters compiled with the requirements of the Con- 
stitution in forwarding their annual returns on or before January 31. The 
late returns causes the office of the Grand Scribe E. to be overworked in 
processing the returns at a time when they are busily engaged in the 
preparation for the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. Your Commit- 
tee would therefore recommend that Chapters contemplating making a 
change in the office of Scribe E. seriously consider the matter before 
taking action. 

The Grand Scribe E. R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton, with the assistance 
of the Scribes E. of the Constituent Chapters, has entered upon a 
thorough and exhaustive revision of the membership roll of the entire 
jurisdiction. This is a task of vast proportions and the Grand Scribe E. 
merits our praise for instituting such a program. On his behalf we would 
request that all Chapters extend to him their wholehearted support in 
order that this most worthy project may be brought to an early and 
successful completion. 

In conclusion, Companions, your Committee has attempted in this 
report to prepare a fair and factual statement on the condition of Royal 
Arch Masonry in this Grand Jurisdiction. We have not endeavored to 
over emphasize any item out of its true proportions, neither have we 
attempted to conceal points of vital interest. While we have indicated 
areas of concern we have also been able to report on those marks of pro- 


gross in which we all as Royal Arch Masons may take quiet and justi- 
fiable pride. While there is no room for complacency neither is there 
cause for gloom. Wo have unbounded faith in the ability of men of good- 
will working together towards a common goal in a society which pro- 
motes brotherly love, relief and truth, being able to successfully sur- 
mount any problem confronting them. We are reminded of the words 
"That, knowledge grounded on accuracy, aided by labor and promoted by 
perseverance will finally overcome all difficulties, raise ignorance from 
despair and establish happiness in the paths of science." 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. F. Nisbet, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. M. 
A. Searle, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Conditions of 
Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 

The Committee on Finance submits the fellowing report for the year 
ending February 28, 1965. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and Grand Scribe E. 
for the year ending February 28, 1965, have been received by the mem- 
bers of this Committee and these reports are now being submitted to 
this grand body for consideration. 

We find these reports fully and accurately set out details and trans- 
actions of the financial position of this Grand Chapter for the fiscal year. 
All items of receipts and disbursements in respect to the General Fund, 
the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, the Life Membership Fund, 
and the Chapters' Life Membership Fund are properly detailed and these 
reports contain complete schedules of the securities in which these funds 
are now invested. 

Exhibit A is a balance sheet showing all the assets and liabilities of 
Grand Chapter. It includes the funds which are entrusted to and over 
which Grand Chapter has control. 

The amount owing by the constituent Chapters is again much too 
high, in the amount of $2,027.00. This represents an increase over last 
year by $621.32. In this connection we would like to bring to the attention 
of the deliquent Chapters Section 141 of the Constitution, which reads in 
part: "The annual returns of each constituent Chapter shall be forward- 
ed to the Grand Scribe E. on or before January 31." From the above it is 
apparent that a number of Chapters are not abiding by the Constitution. 
May we ask why? Your Committee, therefore, recommends that definite 
steps be taken in order that this situation be corrected before the end of 
another Grand Chapter fiscal year-end. 

The amount owing from the Life Membership Fund to the General 
Account is $2,414.00. We recommend that as soon as funds are available 
in the Life Membership Fund that this amount be transferred to the Gen- 
eral Fund as there is now an amount of $l,5CO.0O in the Life Member- 
ship Fund we recommend that this amount be now transferred to the 
General Fund and the balance of $914.00 as soon as the additional funds 
in the Life Membership Fund are available. 

In presenting our budget for 1964-65 we budgeted for a loss of 


$1,250.00. We are, however, pleased to report that we have an operating- 
surplus this year of $1,151.00. Due to the increase of per capita tax and 
to the close supervision by the Grand Z., the expenses of Grand Chapter 
have been kept at a minimum. We commend the Grand Z. in this regard. 
For example, the expenses of Grand Convocation and Executive Commit- 
tee were $1,200.00 less than budgeted for, jewels and engraving were 
$880.00 less. This was partially offset by the exceeding of our estimate 
for supplies for resale in an amount of $1,160.00. This has resulted in 
our supply of goods for resale being such at the end of the year that our 
purchases for these items will be considerably less. A further supply of 
jewels will, however, be needed this year. 

Our securities have been examined by the Auditor. They are held in 
a place and custody authorized by Grand Chapter and the present par 
value of all securities is $155,700.00. During the year $1,500.00 Toronto 
General Trust Corp. due December 1, 1964, and $1,500.00 Toronto Gen- 
eral Trust Corp. due January 27, 1965, were sold, these being from the 
General Account. The proceeds of the above were used in part payment 
of $4,230.64 expended for new office equipment as provided for in the 
report of the Special Committee on Office Equipment, whose report 
recommended and whose recommendation was approved that $6,480.00 
be spent on new office equipment for the office of the Grand Scribe E. 

As $1,230.00 was used from the General Fund to purchase new office 
equipment to date, we recommend that a further $3,000.00 of bonds from 
the General Fund be sold to reimburse the General Account for monies 
used in the purchase of office equipment and to take care of the balance 
of $2,250.00 provided in the report of the Committee on New Office 

Your Committee commends the Grand Scribe E. and his assistant for 
the efficient manner in which the duties of their office are being carried 

We wish to present our estimate of revenue and expenditures for 
the year ending February 28, 1966. In doing so we are faced with a small 
deficit; however, the amount is small, so with careful spending we hope 
to be able to overcome this small operating loss. 



Fees $2,100.00 

Dues 19,000.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 175.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,150.00 

Sale of supplies 2,200.00 

Interest on investments 2,600.00 

Total income $28,225.00 

Loss for period 132.00 


Grand Chapter Office: 

Grand Scribe E., compensation $5,500.00 

Grand Scribe E., proposed annuity 500.00 

Office assistants 4,000.00 

Miscellaneous — telephone, postage and supplies 1,700.00 
Rent 2,500.00 14,200.00 

Foreign Correspondence Reviewer 300.00 


Audit fee 500.00 


Proceedings 1,600.00 

General 600.00 2,100.00 


Grand Z 2,000.00 

General 250.00 2,500.00 


Grand Convocation 3,500.00 

Executive Committee 1,600X0 5,100.00 

Jewels and engraving 1,000.00 

Grant Masonic Library 125.00 

Grant to Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Liability insurance 932.00 

Education and Instruction 500.00 

Supplies for resale 500.00 

Regalia, Grand Z. 350.00 

Testimonial, Grand Z 350.00 

Archives Committee 100.00 

Total expenditures $28.357.00 

Your Committee wishes to express to the Grand Z. their apprecia- 
tion for his guidance during the year. To the Grand Treasurer and 
Grand Scribe E., their thanks for help also given. 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted on behalf of 
the Committee. 

F. C. ACKERT, Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. 
Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Finance be received 
and adopted. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1965 

1964-65 1964-65 1965-66 
Budget Actual Estimate 

Fees $ 2,200.00 $ 2,107.05 $ 2,100.00 

Dues 19,000.00 19,386.27 19,000.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,150.00 2,414.00 2,150.00 

Dispensation and Warrants 175.00 178.00 175.00 

Sale of supplies 2,200.00 2,202.45 2,200.00 

Interest on investments 2,600.00 2,726.85 2,600.00 

Total income $28,325.00 $29,014.62 $28,225.00 

Surplus for period 1,151.00 

Loss for period 1,250.00 132.00 


Grand Chapter Office: 

Grand Scribe E„ compensation 5,500.00 5,499.84 5,500.00 

Grand Scribe E., proposed annuitv 500.00 500.00 500.00 

Office assistants 4,000.00 3,901.18 4,000.00 


Miscellaneous — telephone, postage and 

supplies 1,500.00 1,689.72 1,700.00 

Rent 2,500.00 2,496.00 2,500.00 

$14,000.00 $14,086.74 $14,200.00 

Foreign Correspondence Reviewer 300.00 300.00 300.00 

Audit fee 500.00 '500.00 500.00 


Proceedings 1,500.00 1,616.59 1,600.00 

General 500.00 512.84 500.00 

$2,000.00 $2,129.43 $2,100.00 

Grand Z 2,000.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 

General 250.00 363.20 250.00 

$2,250.00 $2,363.20 $2,250.00 

Grand Convocation 4,000.00 3,140.31 3,500.00 

Executive Committee 2,000.00 1,630.84 1,600.00 

$6,000.00 $4,771.15 $5,100.00 

Jewels and engraving 1,400.00 120.65 1,000.00 

Grant Masonic Library 125.00 125.00 125.00 

Grant to Canadian Masonic Research 

Association 50.00 ' 50.00 50.00 

Liability insurance 1,100.00 963.47 932.00 

Education and Instruction 500.00 31.02 500.00 

Supplies for resale 1,200.00 2,3'60.34 500.00 

Grand Z. regalia 350.00 

Regalia 40.00 57.98 

Grand Z. testimonial 350.00 

Archives Committee 100.00 100.00 

Chapters' Life Membership Fund 2,84 

Expenses re History 1.80' 

Total expenditures $29,575.00 $27,863.62 $28,357.00 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

This is a progress report upon the changeover of records in the 
Grand Scribe E. office. 

Since the changeover began early last fall we have been proceeding 
as rapidly as possible although not as rapidly as we would like. A few of 
the main drawbacks is the apparent unwillingness of constituent Chap- 
ters to answer the letters sent out from Grand Chapter office. As of this 
date 25 Chapters have not answered our request for membership data 
sent out last November. 

It has been our practice to use our own staff as much as possible to 
conserve expense, employing only casual help as the occasion demands. 

Despite these so called ;< road blocks" our Grand Scribe E. reports 
that the program is just under two-thirds of completion. I believe it is 
only fair to say that with the work involved in the Grand Chapter year- 
end and preparing for this convocation the progress in the changeover 


has been remarkably good, to which all credit goes to R. Ex. Comp. 
Robert J. Hamilton. 

One thing we can be sure of is that when this changeover is com- 
pleted and with the cooperation of constituent Chapters it will be a sys- 
tem and a record that you will be proud of. It is well to remember that 
the former system was an inheritance of over 100 years. A few extra 
months in perfecting this new record should not embarrass any one of us. 

Now there is a small matter of funds to complete the job. We esti- 
mated last year it would take about $6,000. We have spent $3,750 on the 
records to date and as the unspent surplus does not carry over into the 
new fiscal year of 1965 and 1966 we will require the difference between 
$'3~n0 and $6,000 plus another $1,000 in all. The additional sum esti- 
mated is in the cost of the Kardcx cabinets. We were unable to take 
advantage of a purchase at a much lower figure. 

Most Excellent Sir, perhaps some of the Chapters we refer to are 
represented at this convocation. I know the Grand Scribe E. would like to 
see them. 

Respectively submitted. 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

J. A. HEARN, Chairman 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Office Equip- 
ment be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 

the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 


Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Executive Committee through the Committee on Fraternal 
Dead beg to submit the following report: 

On behalf of myself, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. C. Manning, Vice-Chairman, 
and the three other members of our Committee we would like to thank all 
Grand Superintendents and the Scribe E. of each Chapter for their co- 
operation in reporting to the Grand Scribe E. prompt information on the 
passing of Companions to the Grand Chapter above. 

At this time we pause in the deliberations of our Grand Chapter to 
pay respect to the memory of our many Companions who this year en- 
tered the land "from whose bourn no traveler returns." 

During the past year 485 Companions entered into life eternal. 
While we are grieved by the passing of our Companions at the same time 
we express our Masonic faith in the immortality of the soul. We keenly 
feel the loss we have sustained by their passing. 

John Donne in his "Devotions" has expressed our feelings when he 
said: "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the 
continent, a part of the main: . . . anv man's death diminishes me, be- 
cause I am involved in mankind: and therefore never send to know for 
whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee." The bell has tolled for these many 
Companions, but it has also tolled for us, because we have been diminish- 
ed by their passing. However much we have been diminished, we have 
also been everlastingly enriched. 

We believe that though Gcd calls our loved ones, 

We lose not wholly what He hath given; 

They live on earth, in thought and deed, as truly as in heaven. 


Let their passing remind us that we must earnestly labor while 
there is yet time, that at the last we may also enter the Celestial Chap- 
ter "as workmen that need not be ashamed." "Thefore, my Companions, 
be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, 
for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 
William Cullen Bryant best expresses this thought: 

"So live, that when thy summons comes to join 

The innumerable caravan, which moves 

To that mysterious realm, where each shall take 

His chamber in the silent halls of death, 

Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, 

Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed 

By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave 

Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch 

About him and lies down to pleasant dreams." 
Yes, my Companioins, we do have the answer to the cry of Job 
"14-14" "If a man die, shall he live again?" Freemasonry is not a re- 
ligion, but Freemasonry is much more properly religion than a religion, 
for each may take from it, each may reach into it, any creed or dogma 
which fits his own personal religious belief and find that his faith fits 
with the teachings of the gentle craft, for be a man's faith what it may, 
it must be founded on the rock, of a belief in Diety and a faith in a 
future life. Here indeed Freemasonry touches hands with religion and 
sees eye to eye with all beliefs. 

To the universal and yearning hope of all mankind throughout ail 
ages Freemasonry answers; there is a hope of immortality; there is a 
Great Architect by whose mercy we may live again, leaving to each 
Brother and Companion his choice of interpretation by which he may 
reach the Great Beyond. 

While we remember our own dead, let us express a word of sym- 
pathy and condolence to our sister Grand Jurisdictions that have like 
cause for sorrow. They, too, have suffered losses, including many dis- 
tinguished Masonic leaders. A listing of their honored dead will be in- 
cluded in the Grand Chapter Proceedings. 

Among the members of our own Grand Jurisdiction whose names are 
listed in this report I would especially mention R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. 
Johnson, Past Grand Scribe E.; M. Ex. Comp. "Honorary" Reg Lewis 
and M. Ex. Comp. and Brother to each one of us, Clarence MacLeod 
Pitts. With sincere affection and reverend remembrance we say: 

"In the book of life, on its pages old, 

Their virtues are traced in letters of gold; 

Each kindly act and good deed done 

Is there recorded, one by one. 

In a memory sweet, like a ribbon gay, 

Entwine the record and lay it away; 

Reverently, sadly, bow the head 

For our beloved and honored dead." 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

N. G. M. TUCK 



C. MANNING, Vice-Chairman 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Wellington Smith, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 


Of the 485 of our Companions who answered the call to Higher Ser- 
vice the following 38 held Grand Chapter rank: 

1 R. Ex. Comp. Walter Thomas Connell 

8 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick J. Johnson, V. Ex. Comp. Francis H. Mc- 
16 R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, R. Ex. Comp. Frederick G. Smith 
19 R. Ex. Ccmp. Charles Henry Kinnear 
23 R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Hind 
32 V. Ex. Comp. John Potter Stuart 

35 R. Ex. Comp. the Rev. John N. Harold Norton 

36 V. Ex. Comp. Maximal Patrick Littner 
48 R. Ex. Comp. Archie Bowman 

54 R. Ex. Comp. William Jack 

69 V. Ex. Comp. David Cloubhley 

77 V. Ex. Comp. Robert Arthur Boddy, V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Alfred 

91 V. Ex. Comp. Robert Arthur Boddy 

94 V. Ex. Comp. Maxime Patrick Littner 

95 R. Ex. Comp. Harry Melvin Stephenson 
115 R. Ex. Comp. Bertram Stobbs 

145 M. Ex. Comp. Reginald John Lewis 

150 R. Ex. Comp. Albert Edward Selwey 

184 R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Jackson 

195 V. Ex. Comp. Newton L. Powell, V. Ex. Comp. Clayton Cheyne 

210 R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith 

213 V. Ex. Comp. Archibald Gillies 

219 V. Ex. Comp. Robert Arthur Boddy 

224 R. Ex. Comp. John Albert Atkinson 

225 R. Ex. Comp. C. Ernest Woodstock. R. Ex. Comp. Richard Wilson 
227 V. Ex. Comp. William P. Youdale, M. Ex. Comp. Reginald Lewis 
239 V. Ex. Comp. William Lindsay Shillington 

247 R. Ex. Comp. William Edgar Summers 
250 M. Ex. Comp. Guy Allan Birge 
253 V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Hind 

259 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick J. Johnson 

260 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick J. Johnson 

To our sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, the British 
Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America we extend 
sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished Companions: 


M. Ex. Comp. S. H. Middleton, Grand Z., 1926-27 

M. Ex. Comp. John William Geddes Morrison, Grand Z., 1930-31 

Julius L. Layman, Most Excellent G.H.P., 1941 

M. Ex. Comp. Hon. Alexander Malcolm Manson, Grand Z., 1934-35 


M. Ex. Comp. Edward E. Hedblom, G.H.P., 1950-52 

Comp. James Vernon Downing, Grand Sentinel, 1963-64 

Comp. Thomas Irvin Fullonwider. M.E. G.H.P.. 1942-43 

Comp. Benjamin Henry Hall, M.E.G.H.P., 1962-63 

M. Ex. Comp. Christian Peter Eilerson, G.H.P., 1940 



M. Ex. Comp. Robert Maurice Anderson, G.H.P., 1947 

M. Ex. Comp. William H. Van Iderstine, G.H.P., 1923-24 

M. Ex. Comp. William Edward Goff, G.H.P., 1924-25 

M. Ex. Comp. Guy Allen Birge, G.H.P., 1939-40 


M. Ex. Comp. Frank Ervin Van Demark, G.H.P., 1943-44 

Comp. Lewis Alwood Palmer, Grand Sentinel, 1955-64 


Comp. Charles Samson, Most Excellent G.H.P., 1949 

M. Ex. Como. Louis John Harnum. Grand King, 1927; G.H.P., 1964 

M. Ex. Comp. Pery Stanley Cochrane, G.H.P., 1947 


M. Ex. Comp. Frank Delay, G.H.P., 1945-46 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles Edward Creager, G.H.P., 1925-26 

M. Ex. Comp. Robbins Frank Kendall, G.H.P., 1965 

Comp. Daniel Roberts, Most Excellent G.H.P., 1953-54; Grand Trea- 
surer, 1961-64 

M. Ex. Comp. Hugh Owen Edwards, G.H.P., 1940 

Comp. James L. Kincannon, Right Excellent Deputy G.H.P., 1964 

M. Ex. Comp. William Duncan Kennedy, Past First Grand Principal 

M. Ex. Comp. John Lewis Gibbs, G.H.P., 1949 

M. Ex. Comp. H. Winston Harris, G.H.P., 1956 

E. Kenneth C. Lowe, Grand Royal Arch Captain, 1963-64 

M. Ex. Harry Anderson Berry, P.G.H.P., Grand Treasurer 


Clarence William Haake, Most Excellent G.H.P., 1963-64 



1 Percy T. Bould, E. Ronald VanLuven, Walter Thomas Connell, Ernest 
A. Treneer, Arthur James McGall, Egbert W. Connell, H. Nelson 
Watts, Colin J. MacLean, Orrin Arthur Carson, George W. Boyd. 

2 Alfred Gisel, Thomas R. Hawkins. James Burns, James W. Culhane, 
William Baillie, Elmer J. Turnbull. 

3 Philip Hoffman, Richard William Chappie, John Albert S. Dunkley, 
Harold Pattison Crouch, Gordon L. West, Russell Gedghegan. 

4 Thomas E. Peck, Daniel L. G. Rumpth, George Kenneth Johnston. 

5 John Patterson Bell, William Perry David, John Alfred Struad, 
Frederick James Blackwell. Bertie G. Wilkinson, Robert Ingersoll 
Allaster, Arthur Thomas Wiley. 


6 Alfred E. Kerry, Walter Adams, Ernest W. Appleby, Kenneth L. 
Jack, John McFadden, Jack V. Elliott. 

7 John Alexander Petrie, Stanley Harry Wilson, Allen Ross Schryver, 
Walter Canniff Kimmerley, Harry Redner, Lawrence Gray, Lewis 
Ceigler, Henry John Hall, Aubrey Lionel Lott. 

8 Herman A. Tideman, Albert E. Tunstall, Frederick J. Johnston, Her- 
bert J. Blain, Sidney A. Smith, Jonathan A. Wilson, Arthur S. Leitch, 
Norris Wild, Horace Robinson, Lewis Bannerman, Reginald Harold 

15 Frederick Buxton, Thomas Montgomery, Urquhart A. MacKenzie, 
Willard W. Simpson, Alexander Chalmers, Harry E. Fawcett, Arthur 
Churm, Walter S. Barnes, Matthew B. Holmes, John McMillan. 

Ki Frederick G. Smith, Alex Ernest Mitchel, Joseph C. Richardson, 
Raymond G. Banks, Fred J. Johnson, Ralph M. Meredith, Ralburn 
McTiernan, Albert Gamble. Charles Stewart Nicholson, John Toy 

18 Elmer F. Doan, Robert E. Mathews, A. C. Webb. 

19 Leonard John Channel, Charles Henery Kinnear, Richard George 

20 Robert J. Hawke, Leslie Carson Sachs. 

22 Arthur Richard Robinson, Charles Frederick Williams, Isaac Bradly. 

23 Herbert M. Ravin, Joseph Brooks, Ernest Hind. 

24 Herbert Wesley Baker, William Ernest Shaw, Percival J. Ellis, 
Ronald Ray McTavish, Elmer James Thornton, Wilfred Allan Cober, 
James Long. 

26 William M. Jeck, Charles Kinnear. John Linwood Corkum, Frederick 
James Adcock, Albert Atkinson, Royal Hutchinson. 

27 William Joseph Thompson Caesar. 

28 John I. Johnston, Harry Lee Kells, Victor E. Cridland. 

29 William Frederick Cudney, Russell Robert Congdon. 

30 William A. Currey. 

31 Herbert Harry Rose, Harry Piatt Pearsall. 

32 William Phillip, Thomas Herbert McLaren, Donald Bowie, John 
Potter Stuart, Adam Kerr Wilson, William Catherwood. 

34 William Joseph Trask, John Steele, Edward Armstrong, Morris 
William Ebertt. 

35 Rev. John N. Harold Norton, George A. Whitelaw. 

36 Charles H. Elliott, Robert C. Heideman, Charles Leo Brewer, Gwylim 
Davies, Wilbert E. Franks, Howard G. Sanderson, Maximal Patrick 
Loittner, John Laurie. 

37 William Benjamin Hawthorne. 

40 William Barr, William A. Mclntyre, Albert Henry Smellie, Frederick 
William Lange. 

41 Samuel Wadsworth, Allan Young. 

46 Norman Tovell 

47 William Taylor, James William Verrall, Albert E. Jones, James 

48 Archie Bowman, John G. McNab. 

53 Edwin Garnet Kerby. 

54 George R. Stevenson, Andrew A. Duncan, William Jack, Roy Hall, 
Melvin Woodford, Ernest Dickerson, William Scarcliffe, Robert W. 
Fowler, Klaus Barendregt, Duncan Brown, Cyril G. Kennedy, William 
E. Rowe, Chester Smith, Daniel Clibborn, Andrew A. McNames. 


56 Albert Wilcox, Charles W. Buzza. 

57 A. Schofield. 

59 Kenneth Davidson, Douglas Macinne, Fred Reynolds, Clarence Edgar, 
Kenneth Woods, Thomas Fland, Fred Hutehings. 

61 William H. McCarthy, John Ostler, William S. Wood. 

62 Fred Rocke, William Ross, Cecil Roy Middlebrook, Norman Harper. 

64 Percy Thackrah Bould, Charles Lamont Brown. 

65 Alpha Clayton Bennett, Samuel King, John Arthur Shaw. 

67 James Gordon Adair McEwen. 

68 Kenneth Poole, Thomas R. Eland. 

69 David Cloughley, Arthur Wilkie Culp, Harold George Harris, Frank 

71 Walter Imeson, John Albert Lewis, Charles Grover Johnston. 

72 Roy T. Dunlap, Donald Claire Scott, Fred R. Mallory, James Edgar 

73 William E. Kennedy, Owen L. McLarty, Harry Hunter. 

74 Archie Leitch. 

75 J. A. Willoughby, Robert Harvey Philip, Howard B. Cox, Thomas N. 
Bullock, George H. Robinson. 

76 John William Dunk, Abdeau Jannati. 

77 William Wilberforce Legate, Arthur George Clark, Joseph Alfred 
Prince, Harry Thompson, Robert Arthur Boddy, Wesley Davidson. 

78 Norman Fisher Newton, Roy S. Freele, Carl Rufus Wilson. 

79 Jesse Allen. 

80 Frederick F. Paine, John H. Ruse, Cecil G. Sampson, R. T. W. 

81 Emiel E. Vandewyngaerde, Hugh White, Lome Harold Grandy. 

82 Melville A. Thompson, John Charles Harold Wink, George E. Lister, 
William Spencer Mackenzie. Allan Carlisle, Donald P. Clarke, Wil- 
liam Marchant, Archie W. Harris. 

84 Gilbert Howes, William Leach. 

88 James A. Anderson, Charles Houston. 

90 William J. Hilliker, William Robson, Stanley Roy McPhail, Lazrus 
Levi, Benjamin Nash. John Albert Dean, Horace Haslam Speight. 

91 William Francis Smith, Frank E. Small. Franklin Roy Dunham, 
Alex Cross Balmer, Robert Arthur Boddy, Reginald Charles Hender- 

94 Alexander M. Fulton, James Walter Kennedy, Maxime Patrick 

95 Harry Melvin Stephenson, Grant H. Turner. William Milne Buchan, 
Frank Emil Heino, Charles Edward Barry, Clifford H. Stewart. 

102 Benjamin Taylor. James Alvin Alexandra, Frank Joseph Bumbaco, 
James Buchan, Valentine B. Bizlev, Henrv Elfrid Alcock, Charles 
William Johnson, John Frederick Hyde, C. Tupper Toombs, Webster 
M. Watson, Frederick Charles Snowdon, Duncan Neil, William Ward 

103 William Martin, Wesley Ross Parker. 

104 Hiram J. Smith, Charles Hilmer. 

112 Roland Nix. 

113 Harold Airey, Norman S. Moffat, J. Herbert Macinnis. 

115 Bertram Stobbs, James B. Appleby. 

116 John Nairn Findlay. 

117 William Gruenewald, Sangster Lederman, Leonard K. Davis, Fred- 
erick Mann, Floyd Gabel. 

119 Harry Garfield Emerson. Ray Hanlan Heatherington, Leonard 
D wight Kennedy, Morley G. Brown, Angus C. Fox, Darrel Thomas 

129 Clifford Walkom. John Edmonds. 

130 Stanford Ernest Boundy, Joseph Stanley Tranter. 


131 Charles Howard Gilbert, Howard Glenwillen. 

132 Clifford E. Howard. 

133 John W. Forde, William J. Buell, John H. Bell. 

134 George Kernohan, Rev. J. H. Kidd. 

138 Clark Wallace Wyvill, Harry Gifford Vines, Timothy Rogers Todd, 

Alfred Francis, William Herbert Searles, Henry John Huggins, Dave 

Marshall Ostrom. 
140 Albert Cecil Julian Knox, Chester Cameron MacDonald, David Allan, 

Thomas Elias Higgins, Robert Sturney, Charles Edward Watkins, 

Stanley Chamberlain, Douglas F. Moberley. 

143 Hugh A. Blair. 

144 Robert J. Virgin. 

145 Reginald John Lewis, Albert Thomas Behde, Thomas J. Macey, 
Hugh F. Begbie, John Robert Legacy, Christopher W. Wilkinson. 

147 Robert Rae. 

150 Frederick St. C. Fisher, Charles Edward Jackson, Edgar Kenneth 
Bragg, William Emerson Stephens, Thomas Roy McLeod, Andrew 
Bunt, Albert Edward Selwey, Reginald James Plank. 

151 Ellsworth Smvth. 

152 Nelson S. Marsh, Paul C. Freeberg, Harold E. Mallory. 

153 Daniel Frank Johnson, William Sutherland, Harry Sheller, Frank 

155 John Robb, A. Herbert Frost. 

161 Charles Johnston, Alfred Parnell, Robert N. Board, Arthur Young, 

Thomas Birrell, James W. Hickey, John Moore Wilkinson. 
163 George Oliver Coales, Arthur Thomas Bosanquet, Louis Frederick 

Krueger, Thomas J. Brown, Percy Collier, Thomas J. Pugh. 

167 Wilbert Beatty, Harry Crossley Stewart, William Herbert Taylor, 
Norman Stanley Hacker, Robert Elgin Simpson, James Alexander- 

168 Glyn David Morgan, Harold Daniel Nicholas, Henry Oscar Richard- 

169 William Alfred Ferguson, Arthur Campbell, David Henry Sullivan. 
175 John Clinton Callaghan, William Charles Herald, Willard Bruce Rid- 

dell, George William Wills, Edwin Marvin Dalley. 
184 Thomas Jackson, Charles Backshall. 
195 Newton L. Powell, Clayton Cheyne. 

198 John Angus Maclnnis, Sidney Daniels, Edwin Spreadborough. 
210 Robert Clark, Fred G. Smith, Robert Scott Robinson, William John 


212 Joseph Rolston, Theodor Nasimok, Mark Allan Gilbert, David Allen, 
Wilfred Cosman, Hyman B. Korn. 

213 Archibald Gillies, Sidney Albert Gadsby, Delbert Ellis, Donald Mc- 

214 Donald Matheson. 

217 Arthur Wailes, Joseph Robertson, John A. J. McDonald, Arthur 

218 Thomas Fred Claridge, Oswald Fleming. 

219 David Stuart, Robert Arthur Boddy, William Robert Bourne. 

221 James A. Magee, Archibald John McDonald. Peter Charles Ramage. 

222 Thomas William Johnson, Allan James Saunders, Charles B. Farring- 
ton, Sidney Stephens. 

223 William J. Young. 

224 John Albert Atkinson, Herbert Lankester. 

225 C. Ernest Woodstock, Richard Wilson. 

226 Norman Burke. 

227 Frere B. Herman, William P. Ycudale, Arthur Frankish, Robert P. 
Orne, Robert Thompson, Allan C. Schryver, Reg. Lewis, Bertie G. 
Wilkinson, Norman P. Brown, Fred Chapman. 


230 Herbert James Penchin, Arthur L. Whittaker, Stanley Harrington, 

Cliff Hall, Norman Miller. 
232 William Ogilvie, Francis Ronald Collins. 
23-3 Robert Bartlett, Milton George Kydd, Roy C. Scull. 

234 Albert Balzer Reaman, William Howard Renter. 

235 James Crossland 

238 James Henry Bull. 

239 William Lindsay Shillington, Ernest B. Fryer. 

241 William John Alexander Donald, Frank Hacking. 

242 Jacob E. Terry. 

243 Edward John Bath. 
245 Charles Schmiedendorf. 

248 Harold Cully Gardiner, John Hammond Wardlaw, Douglas Williams. 

247 William Edgar Summers, Thomas Couldridge, Harry George Holmes, 
Harry Alexander Pettit. 

248 Arthur Godfrey Burwash. 

249 Robert Roy Stevens. 

250' Frank Lawlor, Raimund Wellington Smith, Lome Gordon Allen, 
Norman Hamilton MacDonald, James Gibson Guiney, Guy Allan 

251 Francis Headley Tripp. 

252 Frances Egerton Baines, William C. Burgess, Patrick David Chamber- 
lain, Alfred Hillier. 

253 Ernest Hind. 

254 Anton C. Agerbak, Norman G. Naylor, W. E. Self. 

255 Herman Van Parys. 

257 Harry Stephenson, Herbert L. King. 

259 Frederick J. Johnson. 

260 Fred J. Johnson, Herbert Benbow. 





Ottawa, Ontario 

Grand Z.— 1949-1950 

Born May 5, 1894. Died April 10, 1965 



Past Grand First Principal Z. 

/ am standing on the sea-shore. A ship at my side spreads her white 
sail to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object 
of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she 
hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down 
to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says: "There, she's 

Gone where? Gone from my sight — that is all. She is just as large 
in mast and hull and sail as she was when she left my side and just as 
able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her 
diminished size is in me, not in her; and just at the moment when some- 
one at my side says, "There, there she's gone," there are other eyes 
watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, 
"Here she comes!" And that is dying. (Author unknown). 

Once again this ever rolling stream of time brings us to that mo- 
ment when we pause with full hearts in memory of those who a short 
time ago stood by our side, shared with us the activities of Freemasonry, 
but who today are no longer with us. Again and again during the years 
the door of death has opened wide to admit those of our Masonic house- 
hold whose work on earth had finished. The empty chairs speak to us of 
those "loved long since and lost awhile." 

Into the stillness of this hour, borne upon the wings of memory, 
come thoughts of one man, a great man, a true man — who walked with us 
this majestic highway of Royal Arch Masonry and passed from our sight. 
To him, Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts, a Past Grand 
First Principal of this Grand Chapter, distinguished in manv offices and 
one whose life paled too early, the sentiment of this Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario makes recogni- 
tion as we render this tribute. 

He was a power in Freemasonry — to mention a few of the offices he 

Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, 1959-61. 

Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario, 1949-50. 

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite in Canada, 1952-55. 

To give a record of his deeds would be to embrace the whole circle of 
a busy man's activities. Now he has — 

"Sailed with death to that mysterious strand 
Where freighted ships go sailing evermore, 
But none return to tell us of that land." 
We shall go to him but he cannot return to us. The door between him 
and us is to us imnenetrable. Dr. E. J. Pratt in his poem, "The Iron 
Door," gives us a glimpse of the door of heaven opening; to. admit those 
awaiting entrance— 

"Beyond the threshold of the door 
I could not see; I only know 

That those who had been standing, waiting there, 
Were passing through: 
And while it ivas not given me to know 
Whither their journey led, I had caught the sense 


Of life with high auroras, and the flow of wide majestic spaces, 
Of light abundant and of keen impassioned faces, 
Transfigured underneath its vivid glow." 

It is because Royal Arch Masonry needs men like Most Excellent 
Companion Pitts so greatly that we mourn his loss so keenly. It is 
because his life stands as a model to other eager workers that this Grand 
Chapter, proud to number him amongst her sons, brings this word of 
sorrowing tribute. 

And so we place his name among those of our honored dead whom 
we present at patterns and incentives for the emulation of those who 
come after. Thus can we illustrate the paradox that he, having passed on, 
yet remains to speak to our hearts, to speak to us of the worth and im- 
mortality of glorious deeds. 

Many of us have seen the carved inscription over the tomb of Sir 
Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral, London — "Si monumentum 
quaeris circumspice" — if you seek his monument look about you. What 
better tribute could we find for Clarence Pitts ? If we examine his his- 
tory we will find that building in Freemasonry was one of his chief aims, 
and to it year after year he devoted his strength, his skill and his highest 
efforts. His torch has now been passed to us. God grant we may prove 
worthy of that trust. 

He would have us remember that we cannot live unto ourselves 
alone; that whether of the so-called favored class or humble commoner, 
we must not forget that someone is watching us and taking pattern by 
us, and particularly in our Masonic work in so far as we are responsible 
for that someone's character and fate. It has been truly said that "He 
most appropriately mourns the dead who lives as they would have him 
live." Most Excellent Companion Pitts would say, "He most appropriately 
mourns the absent Royal Arch Mason who serves as he would have us 

If it were possible for us to attune our thoughts and minds with him 
we feel certain we would hear him invoke for us the old prayer of the 
ancients — "May time and care deal lightly with you and may the Light 
that never faileth ever lead you on" — with greater certainty we can 
leave Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts with this 

"From the dust of the weary highway, 
From the smart of sorrow's rod, 
Into the Royal Presence he is bidden, 
A guest of God." 




Reginald J. Lewis spent the early years of his life in 
Calgary, Alberta, later becoming a resident of Toronto 
until the time of his death on the 27th of May, 1964. 

Very Worshipful Bro. Lewis was a member of the Gen- 
eral Mercer Lodge No. 548 of Toronto having served twice 
as their Worshipful Master. He was honored by the Grand 
Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario by being ap- 
pointed to the office of Grand Steward. 

Most Excellent Ccmp. Lewis was exalted to the Su- 
preme degree of the Holy Royal Arch in The St. Patrick 
Chapter No. 145 G.R.C. of Toronto, having served as their 
Excellent First Principal Z. He was elected Grand Superin- 
tendent of Toronto East District No. 8 in 1954 and is a 
Past President of the Principals' Association of Toronto 
Districts. He was appointed Grand Lecturer of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario for the 
years 1956-7-8-9 and 1960. In the years 1961 and 1962 he 
was elected a member of the Grand Eexutive. In 1963 and 
again in 1964 he was elected Third Grand Principal J. and 
in 1964 he became Honorary Grand First Principal Z. He 
was also the Grand Representative of our Grand Chapter 
near the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Washington. 

He was also a member of Geoffrey de St. Aldemar 
Preceptory and a member of Adoniram Council Royal and 
Select Masters of Ontario and Past Thrice Illustruous 
Master and Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of 

He was a member of Holy Land Conclave No. 3 of the 
Masonic and Military Orders of Knights of the Red Cross 
of Constantine, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and St. John 
the Evangelist and occupied the office of Viceroy. 

He was also a 32° member of the Ancient and Ac- 
cepted Scottish Rite of Canada and Past Grand Com- 
mander of the Royal Ark Mariners. 
Born 1899 Died 1964 



Very suddenly on Monday, May 18, 1964, Frederick 
James Johnson, Past Grand Superintendent and Past 
Grand Scribe E. of Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Born in England October 3, 1889, he emigrated to 
Canada in 1909 to continue in the building trade. 

At the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted 
for active service with the 14th Canadian Battalion. After 
two years of service he was wounded at Ypes and was 
invalided to hospital in Ireland where he remained for 
some ten months. On being returned to Canada he passed 
into the Civil Service as an assessor in the Federal Income 
Tax Department. 

He was a Past Worshipful Master and a member of 
Riverdale Lodge No. 494 and a Charter Member of Re- 
membrance Lodge To. 586. In 1933 he served as District 
Secretary and was honored by Grand Lodge by being ap- 
pointed Grand Steward. 

He was a member and Past Principal of King Solo- 
mon's Chapter No. 8 of Toronto, later serving as Grand 
Superintendent and Grand Scribe E. for the years 1949 to 
1959 and Past President of the Principals' Association for 
Toronto Districts 8 and 8A. 

He was also a member of Adoniram Council Royal and 
Select Masters and a Past Grand Master and a member of 
the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. 

In the Military Order of Knights of the Red Cross of 
Constantine, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and St. John 
the Evangelist he was Sovereign of Holy Land Conclave 
No. 3, Toronto, in 1939; Grand Viceroy of the Grand Im- 
perial Conclave in 1944 and Grand Sovereign 1945-46. In 
1947 he was elected Grand Treasurer and served that 
office faithfully until his sudden death. 
Born 1889 Died 1964 



Grand Chapter was "Called off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m. to permit the 
delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the officers of 
Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the next place of meeting. 


Grand Chapter was "Called on" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 


At the One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
held in the Royal York Hotel, City of Toronto, Ontario, on April 13 and 
14, 1965, the following officers and committees were elected and ap- 

V. Ex. Comp. E. Jenkins, chairman, and Ex. Comp. George W. Elms, 
vice-chairman, presented the results of the election as follows: 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand H. 

R.R. 2, 5059 Walkers Line, Milton, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand J. 

30 Spetz St., Kitchener, Ontario 


R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James A. Payton Grand Chaplain 

82 Dundas St. East, Trenton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert John Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

514 Temple Building, 62 Richmond St. W., Toronto 1, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely Grand Scribe N. 

R.R. 8, London, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

567 Main St., Box 158, Lively, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Floyd Wrightson Grand Registrar 

Port Elgin, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith, 166 Third St., Fort Frances, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Bryan Alford, 42 Forthbridge Dr., Downsview, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 1308 London Rd., Sarnia, Ontario 

(Members of the Executive Committee by virtue of office) 

St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. Milton Sanford Thompson, 

Box 312, West Lome, Ont. 

London District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. James Russell Stewart, 

Box 467, Gem Ave., Petrolia, Ont. 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. Ben G. Sheldon, 

7 Daniel St., Ingersoll, Ont. 


Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Jefkins 

843 Vine St., Preston, Ont. 

Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. James Hilton Rogers, 

Apt, 19, Skyview Apts., 3 East 37th St., Hamilton, Ont. 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. Harvey Morrow, 

R.R. 2, Port Elgin, Ont. 
Niagara District No. 7. R. Ex. Comp. George Alfred De Quetteville, 

16 Garden Drive, Grimsby, Ont. 
Toronto East District No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. Allan H. Gray, 

33 Coxwell Blvd., Toronto 6, Ont. 
Toronto West District No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. David Charles Reedie, 

38-19th St., Toronto 14, Ont. 
Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. Blakely Lamont, 

179 Burton Ave., Barrie, Ont. 
Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. Delbert David Murray Peebles, 

R.R. 3, Colborne, Ont. 
Prince Edward District No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Cyril Clifford McMullen, 

R.R. 5, Belleville, Ont. 
St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. George William Gorrell, 

Morrisburg, Ont. 
Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. Murray James McLeod, 

485 Smerdon St., Hawkesbury, Ont. 
Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. Harold George Blanchard, 

190 Winnipeg Ave., Port Arthur, Ont. 
New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Irvine Lawrence Robertson, 

2 Front St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 
Temaskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. Harold Richter, 

Box 477, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

By Special Resolution of Grand Chapter the One Hundred and 
Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario will be held at the Royal York 
Hotel, Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, on Monday, April 25, 1966, 
for the Executive Committee at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 1966. Grand 
Chapter will commence at 10 a.m. and continue for the rest of the day; 
Wednesday, April 27, 1966, Grand Chapter will be resumed at 9.30 a.m. 
Closing approximately at 1 p.m. 


To the Most Ex. the Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions of 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Membership Committee is privileged to present their report 
for the year 1964. 

The year just passed has been an interesting one from any view- 
point. Much progress can be reported. Three Chapter rooms were dedi- 
cated; there were several receptions to the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal. International Convocations between Chapters in the 
United States and Canada were of much benefit to the participating 
Chapters on both sides of the border. 

We are particularly happy to note that a few Chapters that appeared 
to be in a little difficulty earlier in the year now seem headed for com- 
plete recoverv although there are still areas of concern. Indeed the 
Royal Craft is showing progress all across our jurisdiction, with but 
one exception, and that is in the area of membership. 

As you are aware the membership rolls of all Chapters are currently 


being- checked for errors or omissions. One hundred and thirty-three 
Chapters have been completed to date and as a result we have a net dif- 
ference in the adjustment of 188 members delected. There were 337 mem- 
bers on the rolls that should not have been and 149 missing whose names 
should have appeared. There remains 25 Chapters who are to have their 
membership rolls checked and revised where necessary and this work will 
be completed in the current year. 

This has been a monumental task thus far but a most gratifying one, 
and when completed will bring our membersihp records right up to date. 

Your Committee feels that a special word of thanks should go to 
R. Ex. Comp. John Hamilton, our Grand Scribe E., and his secretary for 
their splendid work in bringing these records into line with our current 

For 1934 our admissions, affiliations and restorations showed a net 
increase of 237 members over suspensions and withdrawals. This is 
relatively close to last year's figure and is about one per cent gain. Our 
loss, however, in the passing of a total of 485 members reflects once 
more the heavy toll we seem to pay each year as so many of our senior 
Companions pass to the Grand Chapter above. Our aggregate loss in 
1964 was therefore 436 members, including the adjustments made in the 
records of Grand Chapter. 

We believe every Companion in the light of this information will 
want to rededicate himself to a renewed effort to arrest this declining 
membership — to find within himself that spark of enthusiasm so neces- 
sary if we are to gain new adherents to the Royal Craft. 

It is time we analyzed our membership efforts at both Chapter and 
District levels. For far too long we have been content to let membership 
take care of itself, perhaps not realizing that the very life blood of our 
organization was slipping away from us because we were just not in- 
terested enough to do something about it. 

We need to become fired with a new spirit of enthusiasm — we need 
to become more aggressive, more aware of the fact that it is our job — 
yours and mine to seek out new members. 

We know every Chapter has, or should have, a membership com- 
mittee and we are equally certain that out of our total enrollment of 
Chapters only about 15 have effective membership committees. You say 
this is not so — then look at the records. Year after year about a one per 
cent or two per cent gain. The membership figures bear out our state- 

So it is time, my Companions — matter of fact, long past time — that 
we took a good careful look at our membership committees and pick 
Companions for these committees who will dedicate themselves to the 
task. Let us organize membership committees that are proud of the 
Royal Craft — Companions who have that zeal, that fidelitv and above all 
the enthusiasm and ability to find ways and means to instill desire in 
symbolic Masons to reach out for further light and knowledge. 

To underscore the point — at last year's Grand Convocation we of- 
fered a sample of a letter that could be sent to newly raised Master 
Masons that would acquaint them with the knowledge that Royal Arch 
Masonry is and was an actual, factual organization right in the new 
Master Mason's front yard. In short this letter publicized the fact that 
there was such an organization as Royal Arch Masons and that he was 
welcome among them. 

Your Committee had requests for this letter from the magnificent 
number of five Chapters. Now we don't mean to imply that this letter in 
and of itself was a be all, end all so far as introducing new members to 
our fraternity is concerned; far from it — but what bothers your Mem- 
bership Committee is the apathy evident by the lack of response. 


Companions, we are standing in our own light and seem little in- 
clined to do anything about it. Can we afford to continue in this vein 
with our fine organization being slowly weakened and undermined? We 
think not. We believe with the progress that is being made in all areas 
except membership, we must now turn our full attention to this vitally 
important subject, find answers and take action. 

We can do no more than repeat our previous admonition to you-- 
now is the time and this is the place. 

You are here with other Companions of your Chapter and District. 
Will you discuss this subject at your District meeting and organize for 
action ? Your Membership Committee recommends that you do. 

Many members of your Principals' Associaion will be with you at 
your District meeting and thus it bceomes an admirable time to re- 
vitalize the District Principals' Association if necessary. Use this group 
as the nucleus to form a lodge degree team to work any or all degrees in 
the craft lodges. Find interested Companions who can and will arrange 
inter-lodge and inter-Chapter visitations wherein the Chapter team can 
work the degree. Through your Chapter Instruction Education Committee 
arrange for a speaker at the banquet hour, not necessarily to talk on 
Royal Craft membership; rather let the quality of your work and the 
sincerity of your effort speak for you. Publicize the event in all the 
Chapters within driving distance to get as many Royal Arch Masons out 
as possible. Make it a big night — a night all present will remember. The 
brethern need your help just as you need theirs to offset some of the 
outside interest which are affecting the general membership in both or- 
ganizations. They will appreciate the evening and you will enpoy the 
fraternization with them. 

Companions, in spite of the challenges presented by our membership 
situation we are moving steadily forward and will continue to do so. 
Royal Arch Masonry is experiencing a rebirth of interest. We have many 
fine dedicated Companions who are ever ready to lend their assistance. 
We have now and have had for some time inspired leadership. With 
these assets and with the knowledge that Masonry in all its branches is a 
strong, vibrant force for good and with faith in the promises of the 
Great Jehovah as contained in the volume of the Sacred Law we need 
have no fear. Let us face the future with determination, courage and con- 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 





STAN PORTCH, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Membership 
be received and adopted. 


Letters were received conveying greetings and expressing regrets 
for non-attendance from: 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia — 

Most Excellent Comp. R. T. Litt, Grand Z. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick — 

Most Excellent Comp. Malcolm Frederick Eagles, Grand Z. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Oscar W. Ankarberg. 


Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Indiana — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Raleigh R. Cagle. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Thomas E. Corothers. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Maryland — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Charles E. Waters. 
Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Linwood E. Temple. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Minnesota — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Edwin A. Lofquist. 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode Island and Providence 

Plantations — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest George C. Bischoff. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest Vilas C. Welda. 


To the Grand First Principal, Officers and members of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

The Committee on Constitution Laws and Jurisprudence hasn't re- 
ceived many calls for our services during the year. 

We had only one set of Chapter by-laws to check. 

We considered the question of a member of our order residing in the 
United States who had only received his Mark degree in Ontario. An 
interesting question arose as to where and how he should receive his re- 
maining degrees. We hope that our views were of assistance on this point. 

We were also called upon to consider whether a dispensation is 
necessary for the holding of a ladies' night. In view of past precedents 
we felt obliged to advise that a dispensation to hold such an event is not 
only advisable but is necessary. 

One Chapter raised a very novel and interesting idea. It was to 
establish a retirement fund which would, after age 65, pay a member's 
dues and per capita tax. After a good deal of consideration we concluded 
that before such a scheme could be put into operaion an amendment to 
the Constitution of Grand Chapter would be necessary. 

Another matter referred to us pertained to coat-label buttons to be 
worn in public. There is a decided scarcity of authority on this point so 
we have suggested that some further consideraion by the Grand First 
Principal be given. We felt that the sample submitted is limited to who 
might wear it. 

These are the highlights of our activities for the year 1964-65. 

All of which is respectively submitted. 

G. H. SHANNON. Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. G. H. 
Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Constitutional Laws 
and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 


M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith installed and invested the newly 
elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents 
of the several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according 
to ancient custom. 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, Grand Z., extended his congratula- 
tions to the newly invested Grand Superintendents, reminding them of 



their duties in connection with their office and wished for them all the 
pleasure their work in office will affoid them, impressing upon them the 
responsibility they carry on their shoulders as the representative of the 
Grand First Principal and of Grand Chapter, wishing them health and all 
the help of the Most High. 

R. Ex. Comp. Portch, Grand H., also directed a few remarks to the 
newly invested Grand Superintendents, extending his congratulations 
and pledging them his support. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario be extended to: 

The Credential Committee, under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. J. W. 
Woodland, for the efficient manner in which they carried out their duties; 

The Scrutineers, under the direction of V. Ex. Comn. E. Jenkins, for 
their services in taking charge of the election of officers; 

General chairmen and sub-committees who looked after the arrange- 
ments and for their untiring assistance, including the reception and en- 
tertainment of the delegates and their ladies; 

The Installing Board, under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. 
Smith, and the Past Grand Zs and to all those who have contributed to 
the success of our One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation. 


The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven: 

R. Ex. Comp. Everett Wood, 142 N. Front St., Belleville, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Dr.. Toronto, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Stanley Haley, North Bay, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Leo John Gent, 21 Catharine St. E., Dorchester, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Arthur Willett, Wheatley, Ontario 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comn. William G. Beech 

1043 Weston Road, Weston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Tennant 

Stittsville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Ernest Boyle 

676 St. James St., London, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Gale ... 

210 John St. W., Whitby, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Joss 

Almonte, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. R. P. Sibbald 

305-2nd St., Midland, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Lewis Ira Smith 

Guelph, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Donald Falkiner 

58 Paisley Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

Grand Lecturer 

Assistant Grand Chaplain 
Grand Senior Sojourner 
Grand Junior Sojourner 

Grand Sword Bearer 

Grand Master Fourth Veil 

Grand Master Third Veil 

Grand Master Second Veil 

Grand Master First Veil 


V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Hopkins Grand Standard Bearer 

Oshawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Elms Grand Director of Ceremonies 

34 Hazelwood Ave., Toronto 6, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Jack Gee Assistant Director of Ceremonies 

Listowel, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. R. C. Pannabecker Grand Organist 

47 Armstrong Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Walter Smith Grand Pursuivant 

146 Aldwych Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Delbert John McCaughrin Grand Steward 

R.R. 2, Desden, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Norman Allen ..Grand Steward 

36 Highway Ave., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Leo Calvin O'Connor Grand Steward 

268 Grove St., Simcoe, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Carl Jantzi Grand Steward 

44 Cardill Crescent. Waterloo, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William James Williamson Grand Steward 

254 Caithness St. W., Caledonia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alex Corrigan Grand Steward 

Bluevale, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Hedley Hutchinson Grand Steward 

611 Carleton St., St. Catharines, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Edwin Young Grand Steward 

138 St. Leonards Ave., Toronto 12, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Murray Fidler Grand Steward 

216 Glenayr Rd., Toronto 10, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Francis Elmore Whiteman Grand Steward 

181 Elizabeth St., Midland. Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wilbert Percy Price Grand Steward 

420 Euclid St., Whitby, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Charles Tustin Grand Steward 

R.R. 5, Napanee, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Seaver Grand Steward 

R.R. 2, Cornwall, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alexander Warnuk Grand Steward 

Rainy River, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Frederick Markey Grand Steward 

2116 Neepawa Drive, Apt. 605, Ottawa 13, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Angus John Morrison Grand Steward 

Box 314, Espanola. Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ronald Fraser Dewar Grand Steward 

335 Take St., Timmins, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. E. W. Niles Grand Steward 

140 Brook Road. Cobourg, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 

800 Vaughan Rd., Apt. CI 4, Toronto 10, Ont. 


Most Excellent Sirs, Distinguished Guests and my Companions: 

May I express to each of you my most sincere appreciation for your 

confidence in entrusting to me the responsibilities of carrying out the 

duties of this highest office in Capitular Masonry. 

While in my heart I feel proud of this confidence yet I feel most 

humble and inadequate to meet the challenge ahead. 

We need to create the kind of enthusiasm that will make our great 

organization vibrate at the very roots so that we become a greater 


influence in moulding; the character of men, and this is needed in every 
District in our jurisdiction. 

The foundations of our great Masonic institution have been laid by 
most capable and skilled men with far-reaching- foresight. Our re- 
searchers tell us they had difficult times, too, but they pressed on and 
worked hard for the thing's they knew were right and the goals they had 

I can only ask for divine guidance from the Great Architect of the 
universe to help me in some small way to strengthen the superstructure 
that has been so well founded. 

To do this will require the help of every Royal Arch Mason in our 
Grand Jurisdiction and I humbly ask for that help and assistance. 

Last night at our banquet hour I referred to the very untimely cir- 
cumstances that have required Most Excellent Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay 
and Most Excellent Comp. Fred Dean to be in Ottawa today. They are 
attending the funeral of one of our most highly respected Royal Arch 
Masons, the late Most Excellent Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts. May I 
again at this closing session of this Grand Convocation repeat our ap- 
preciation to Most Excellent Comp. Hay for his truly dedicated and out- 
standing leadership during his two years in office. 

At this time I would like to congratulate our two new members of 
Grand Council, R. Ex. Comp. Stanely Portch, Grand H., and R. Ex. Comp. 
Harold Shannon, Grand J. I am looking forward to working with these 
two R. Ex. Comps. with great enthusiasm and energy. May I also con- 
gratulate all the other successful candidates on their election. 

Now I would like to remind ourselves of some of our needs. Com- 
panions, if we are going to strengthen the foundations of our Masonic 
structure we must work back at the grass roots of our organization, the 
constituent Chapters. We must see that the tree of our Masonic life is 
fed, nurtured and cared for so that it will develop healthy, strong 
brances, providing men of capable leadership and with dedication to our 
Masonic purpose. 

The report given by M. Ex. Comp. Emmett yesterday indicated the 
good work being done by our District Instruction Committees. There are, 
however, some committees that need to be more active. I am asking the 
new Grand Superintendents to meet with the chairmen and committee 
members in their Districts and ascertain if they need help. If so, I will 
assure them that the Grand Chapter Instruction Committee and the 
Grand Lecturer will be ready to assist them. 

Yesterday Grand Chapter approved the report and recommendations 
of the special committee of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 
We appreciate it and offer our thanks to M. Ex. Comp. Searle and his 
committee for the tremendous amount of work they put into their report. 
This could well be one of our greatest steps forward. 

You will recall that it is the responsibility of the Scholarship and 
Bursary Committee to promote and encourage contributions to this fund. 
This should be the beginning of something we have been looking for to 
stimulate the interest of the Companions in our constituent Chapters. 
This is something in which we can develop a personal pride of accomp- 
lishment. I look forward with enthusiasm to the results that can be ac- 
complished by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 

In his address our Grand First Principal recommended that this 
Grand Chapter give serious thought to the formation of a committee to 
study, review and recommend a suitable project to stimulate the interest 
and devotion of all Royal Arch Masons throughout our Grand Jurisdic- 
tion. This was to be something tangible to believe in and work for, that 
we should advance our thinking and bring it up to date with the times, 
something to create personal pride of accomplishment. 



While we have already taken a step in this direction by establishing 
the Scholarship and Bursary Committee, nevertheless I now appoint the 
following committee to carry out the study recommended: 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay (chairman), M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, M. Ex. Comp. Charles Emmett. 

Companions, I am deeply conscious of the high privilege and honor 
which is mine to follow my illustrious predecessors in this high office. 
Our deliberations during our 107th Convocation give me a feeling of 
great optimism that we can strengthen the foundations of our Masonic 
structure and that the Great Jehovah will guide us in our undertakings 
as He did when He spoke to His prophet Haggi. 

"Be strong, all ye people of the land," saith the Lord, "and work, for 
I am with thee." 

We have much work to do and He will strengthen us if we seek His 

Let each of us accept our individual responsibility in our daily living 
to set the example that will be looked upon as a guiding light for others to' 

May we all be blessed with health and strength to meet our tasks in 
the year ahead. 


The labors of the Annual Convocation being 
ended, Grand Chapter was closed in Due 
Form at 12 noon, Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, 
April 14, 1965. 

Lriooert yonn uiamtlton 

Grand Scribe E. 

Monday evening, April 12, 1965, the Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. Fraser 
Hay invited his Council, P.G.Zs, Executive Committee to a dinner in the 
Tudor Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, to assist him in doing honors to 
his distinguished guests. At the same time Mrs. Gertrude Hay and her 
committee entertained the wives and ladies of our distinguished guests 
with a dinner, etc. in the Algonquin Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto. 

Tuesday evening, April 13, 1965, the annual banquet was held in the 
Concert Hall of the Royal York Hotel, approximately 500 Companions and 
their ladies being present. Our Grand Z. was the chairman and he pro- 
vided a very interesting program. 

The guest speaker was Dr. Carl S. Winters, author, lecturer and world 
traveler, who gave a most inspiring address on "The Masonic Glory 
Road" which added a spark of inspiration to all present who reacted with 
their warm and enthusiastic applause. 


R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand H. 

(By virtue of office) 
M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. 

(By virtue of office) 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C Grand Z. 1943-44 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ontario 


M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, O.B.E. Grand Z. 1945-46 

R.R. No. 6, Brampton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Z. 1947-48 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z. 1951-52 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 1955-56 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 3, Ontario 
If. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. 1957-58 

Apt. 501, 1555 Queen St. E., Toronto 8, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 1959-60 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Z. 1961-62 

27 Colwood Road, Islington, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Hon. Grand Z. 1957 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert John Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

514 Temple Bldg., 62 Richmond St, W., Toronto 1, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely Grand Scribe N. 

R.R. No. 8, London, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 460 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin S. Scott, 9 Prospect Ave.. London, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith, 166 Third St., Fort Frances, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Bryan Alford, 42 Forthbridge Dr., Downsview, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Onttario 
R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 1308 London Rd., Sarnia, Ontario 


(Members of the Executive Committee by virtue of office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C.. 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis, 17 Ontario St., Grimsby, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comps. Everett Wood (chairman), George William Gorrell (vice- 
chairman), J. R. Stewart, J. H. Rogers, I. L. Robertson, C. C. McMullen. 


R. Ex. Comps. F. W. D. Welham (chairman), A. H. Gray, A. Jefkins 

B. Lamont, D. P. M. Peebles. 


R. Ex. Comps. Bryan Alford (chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z's. 

Grand Treasurer, Chairman of Investments and Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott (chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 

Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comps. A. G. N. Bradshaw (chariman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., 

J. L. House. 

R. Ex. Comp. Leo. J. Gent. 



R. Ex. Comps. Wellington Smith (chairman), H. Richter, 

M. J. McLeod, H. G. Blanchard. 

R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener (chairman), Rev. James A. Payton (vice- 
chairman), M. S. Thompson, B. G. Sheldon, H. Morrow. 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle. 


M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., R. V. Con- 
over, O.B.E., F. W. Dean, A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. L. House, B. H. Smith, 
C. W. Emmett, Eraser Hay, M.D., M. S. Gooderham. 

R. Ex. Comps. L. B. Gillespie, G. A. DeQuetteville, D. C. Reedie. 


M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett (chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z's. 

Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Masonic Instruction Committee, 

Grand Lecturer, Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comps. Fraser Hay, M.D. (chairman), J. L. House, 

A. G. N. Bradshaw. 


R. Ex. Comps. B. S. Scott (chairman), 

M. Ex. Comps. A. G. N. Bradshaw, R. Ex. Comp. Leo. J. Gent. 


V. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull (chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Bryan Alford 

(vice-chairman), M. Ex. Comp. Charles Emmett, 

V. Ex. Comp. Claire Howes. 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn (chairman), Grand Council. 


M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., J. L. House, 

C. W. Emmett, F. W. Dean 


M. Ex. Comps. Fraser Hay, M.D. (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., 

M. A. Searle, C. W. Emmett. 


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Wood; 254— Charles W. Atkinson, H. G. Enquist, James McNair; 255 — 
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Kidd, Samuel M. Cairney. 

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Smith, John Kenneth Evans, Joseph Edgar Rush, Robert Earl Stewart; 
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Sherry, Albert Clare Clare; 8 — Thomas Vernon Ayers, Thomas Jack- 
son; 15 — Frederick Wadsworth, Alfred Thomas Williams; 16 — Stanley 
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Gordon Weedmark, Wallace Hewitt Wilson, Norman Peel, Gordon M. 
Clifford, Stanley Boardman; 18— Elmor E. Nixon, Percy M. Sage; 19— 
William Alexander Lowden, Robert Wilson McKenzie; 20 — James Wil- 
liam Wilson, William Arthur Gray, Orval L. Burke, Wilfred Philip 
Meek; 24 — Charles William Leach, Walter Raymond Gladding, William 
Henry Moore; 26 — Harold B. Kidd; 27 — Reginald C. Warner, Reginald 
Watts; 28 — Meredith George McMillan, Leonard Edward Brocklehurst, 
Stanley Henry Coverly; 29 — Melvin John Furry, William Joseph Ouel- 
lette; 30 — Hugh Gordon Spring, Howard Battersby; 31 — Frank McKee, 
Elmer Vader, Donald Morden, Charles H. Fraleigh; 34 — James Best, 
Clarence Milton Kyler; 35 — Philip Sydney Conibear, Walter Nelson 
Ridley, Clifford Noyes Tripp; 36— Ronald William Knight, Frederick 
Darwin, Leonard George Lawrence; 37 — Hector Smith, Salem George 
Dickinson, Herbert John Willis; 40 — John Howard Gibb, Alex Ralston, 
Roy Morris McGillivray, Oscar Stanley Koch; 41 — Howard Wesley John- 
son, W T ilfred Currie W f ilson; 44 — Ronald A. Ackroyd, Gordon W. Mac- 
Gregor; 46— Calvin Cooper; 47— Paul B. Croley; 48— Edmund B. Kelly, 
Pearley R. Parks; 53 — William T. Pauling, Alexander J. Cowan; 54 — 
Charles Pook; 55 — Paul Manning; 57 — Robert Etling; 59 — Edgar A. 
McCracken, William E. Forrester, Oscar Fregin; 61 — Harvey K. Carle- 
ton; 62— Harold Applegath, Fred Duffield, Hugh McKeag; 64— Harold 


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Ryder; 144 — Albert W. Morrow, Harry K. Cummings, Fred S. Douglas; 
145 — John Hutchinson Durnan, Walter Taylor Young; 146 — Nelson 
Porterfield, Clare Outingdyke, Thomas C. Dickson: 151 — Melville J. 
Stewart, Russell J. Bonora, George A. Howitt; 152 — Wilbert H. Calder, 
John B. Fraser, Einer I. Sv/anbergson; 153 — James Dickson Henderson, 
William John Anderson, Mike Vorkapich, George Brent, James Edward 
Fisher, Hugh McPhail; 163— Norman R. McClean, Alfred William 
Grigg; 175 — Edwin Manson Milne, Sidney Herbert Green; 184 — J. H. 
Allin, Clare Waun, Robert Whitehead; 195 — John Norman Moore; 210 — 
Henry Elliott; 213 — Lawrence Samuel Leigh, George Pente, Gerald 
Sheculski; 214 — Harley Moore, Russell Moore, James W. Hale; 215 — 
Murray Henderson, Davidson McKeen, Robert Pepper, Stanley Smith; 
217 — Ernest Corcoran, Gerald L. Bradley, George F. Brimecombe; 219 — 
Herbert J. Caldwell, Richard David Quinton; 220— Frank P. Beardsall; 
222— Clarence Munroe, Frank Everett Smith; 223— Thomas Gordon 
Warren; 224— William D. Sheridan; 225— Roy S. Gould, Edward Stevens; 
226— George Peale Tett, Sidney E. Bates; 230— William EL Secord, Ken- 
neth Madill, Robert Stewart Clement; 232 — Stephen Stevens, John 
Stewart Cobb, Eric Hubbard, James Crone, Henry McLellan, Roy 
Howard, Harry McAllister, Leonard George Robinson; 233 — Wainwright 
W. Burr, Maurice Trenchard, George W. Blackmore; 234 — Norman 
Joseph Coward; 235 — William F. Boaks; 238 — Frederick Charles Buck, 
Frank Murray McNie, Charles Edward Klue, Harvey E. Cooper, Norman 
Stanley Martyn, Kenneth Orval McCallum; 239— Ralph A. Blackwell, 
George Noble, Leroy Coleman; 241 — Jack Newham, Cecil Rhodes Cum- 
ming, Joseph Henry Hartley, Russell Edwin Clark; 242 — Gerald Douglas 
Borden Heard, George James Williams, Rolfe Nelson Weekes; 243 — 


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Svkes, Rex Park; 246— Svdney Hill; 250 — John Cowan, James Francis 
Walker; 252— Robert D. Malvern, John Lightfoot; 254— Ralph W. Ire- 
land; 257 — Donald Atam, Robert Bruce Wheeler, Edward Forsythe Dav- 
erin; 258 — Montagu S. Robinson; 259 — Clifford C. Rice-Jones, Harold 
George Williams; 2(50 — Charles Garnet Fielding, William F. Fogg, Fraser 
Hay; 261 — Fergus Mullen; 263 — James McKee, Wilfrid Robinson, Donald 
Smith, Wilfred Henry Basford. 


R. Ex. Comp. Milton Sanford Thompson, P.O. Box 312, West Lome, Ont. 

47 Wellington Chatham 119 King Cyrus Leamington 

71 Prince of Wales ..Amherstburg 153 Somba Wallaceburg 

73 Erie Ridgetown 164 Lome West Lome 

80 Ark Windsor 239 Blenheim Blenheim 

88 MacNabb Dresden 250 Thomas Peters Windsor 


R. Ex. Comp. James Russell Stewart, Box 467, Gem Ave., Petrolia, Ont. 
3 St. John's London 81 Aylmer Aylmer 

5 St. George's London 150 London London 

15 Wawanosh Sarnia 214 Vimy Inwood 

53 Bruce Petrolia 238 The St. Andrew London 

54 Palestine St. Thomas 242 St. Paul's Lambeth 

74 Beaver Strathroy 247 Nilestown Nilestown 

78 Minnewawa Parkhiil 252 Hiawatha Sarnia 

R. Ex. Comp. Ben. G. Sheldon, 7 Daniel St., Ingersoll, Ont. 

18 Oxford Woodstock 115 Brant Paris 

20 Mount Horeb Brantford 253 Regal Port Dover 

23 Ezra Simcoe 255 Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 

41 Harris Ingersoll 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Jefkins, 843 Vine St., Preston, Ont. 

32 Waterloo Gait 218 Prince Edward Shelburne 

40 Guelph Guelph 221 Durham Durham 

67 Enterprise Palmerston 234 Halton Georgetown 

83 Ionic Orangeville 245 Preston Preston 

117 Kitchener Kitchener 

R. Ex. Comp. James Hilton Rogers, Apt. 9, Skyview Apts, 3 East 37th St., 

Hamilton, Ont. 
2 The Hiram Hamilton 175 The Hamilton Hamilton 

6 St. John's Hamilton 224 Keystone Hamilton 

75 St. Clair Milton 236 Caledonia Caledonia 

104 White Oak Oakville 243 McKay Stoney Creek 

155 Ancaster Ancaster 262 King David Burlington 

R. Ex. Comp. Harvey Morrow, R.R. #2, Port Elgin, Ont. 

24 Tecumseh Stratford 84 Lebanon Wingham 

30 Huron Goderich 129 Elliott Mitchell 

46 St. James St. Marys 130 Chantry Southampton 

63 Havelock Kincardine 146 Bernard Listowel 

66 The Malloch Seaforth 147 Lucknow Lucknow 



R. Ex. Comp. George Alfred De Quetteville, 16 Garden Drive, 

Grimsby, Ont. 

19 Mount Moriah. St. Catharines 69 Grimsby Grimsby 

29 McCallum Dunnville 76 Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55 Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184 Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57 King Hiram Port Colborne 240 Smithville Smithville 

64 Wilson Welland 

R. Ex. Comp. Allan H. Gray, 33 Coxwell Blvd., Toronto 6, Ont. 

4 St. Andrew & St. John Toronto 205 Victoria Thornhill 

8 King Solomon Toronto 217 St. Alban's Toronto 

62 York Toronto 225 Beaver Toronto 

65 St. Paul's Toronto 235 Aurora Aurora 

79 Orient Toronto 241 University Toronto 

135 Succoth Uxbridge 258 Tyrian Stouffville 

145 The St. Patrick Toronto 263 The Scarborough Scarborough 

163 The Beaches Toronto 

R. Ex. Comp. David Charles Reedie, 38-19th St., Toronto 14, Ont. 

77 Occident Toronto 220 Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91 Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230 Port Credit Port Credit 

138 Shekinah Toronto 231 The St. Clair Toronto 

195 Peel Brampton 232 King Cyrus Toronto 

212 Mount Sinai Toronto 233 Oakwood Toronto 

215 Mimico Mimico 246 Humber Weston 

219 Ulster Toronto 260 Centennial Streetsville 

R. Ex. Comp. Blakely Lamont. 179 Burton Ave., Barrie, Ont. 

27 Manitou Collingwood 167 Kichikewana Midland 

34 Signet Barrie 198 Couchiching Orillia 

56 Georgian Owen Sound 261 Seguin Parry Sound 

131 Amabel Wiarton 

R. Ex. Comp. Delbert David Murray Peebles, R.R. #3, Colborne, Ont. 

28 Pentalpha Oshawa 94 Midland Lindsay 

35 Keystone Whitby 110 Warkworth Warkworth 

36 Corinthian Peterborough 134 King Darius Cannington 

37 Victoria Port Hope 168 Ionic Campbellford 

45 Excelsior Colborne 249 Palestine Bowmanville 

48 St. John's Cobourg 

R. Ex. Comp. Cyril Clifford McMullen, R.R. #5, Belleville, Ont. 

7 The Moira Belleville 72 Keystone Stirling 

26 St. Mark's Trenton 144 Presqu'ile Brighton 

31 Prince Edward Picton 161 Madoc Madoc 

44 Mount Sinai Napanee 227 Quinte Friendship Belleville 

R. Ex. Comp. George William Gorrell, Morrisburg, Ont. 

1 Ancient Frontenac and 68 Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112 St. John's Morrisburg 

22 Grenville Prescott 113 Covenant Cornwall 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 132 Leeds Gananoque 



R. Ex. Comp. Murray James McLeod, 485 Smerdon St., Hawkesbury, Ont. 

16 Carleton Ottawa 148 St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61 Granite Almonte 151 Laurentian Pembroke 

114 Bonnechere Renfrew 210 Kitchener Russell 

116 Maple Carleton Place 222 Ottawa Ottawa 

133 St. Francis Smiths Falls 226 Prince of Wales Perth 

143 Glengarry Maxville 248 Dochert Arnprior 


R. Ex. Comp. Harold George Blanchard, 190 Winnipeg Ave., 

Port Arthur, Ont. 

82 Shuniah Port Arthur 152 Alberton Fort Frances 

90 Golden Kenora 254 Golden Star Dryden 

140 Fort William Fort William 259 Quetico Atkokan 

149 Atwood Rainy River 


R. Ex. Comp. Irvine Lawrence Robertson, 2 Front St., 

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 103 St. John's North Bay 

102 Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 257 Espanola Espanola 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Richter, Box 477, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

169 Temiskaming ... New Liskeard 923 Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

213 Northern Lights Timmins 251 Kirkland Kirkland Lake 




R. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett, Box 340, Wheatley, Ont. 


Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely, Nilestown, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. Georjsre L. Nutt, 516 Fair St., Woodstock, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Norman Hemphill, 706 Rockaway Drive, 

Kitchener. Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. Ed. M. Marshall, Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St., Hamilton, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comi). Kenneth Saxton Sr., Wingham, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Don Winn, 39 Oakridge Cres., Port Colborne, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Platten, 52 Donegal Drive, Toronto 17, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. W. Clark. 91 Sheooard Ave.. Willowdale, Ont. 


Ex. Comp. David P. Low. 696-4th Ave. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 


Ex. Comp. Alan Buchanan, Warkworth, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. James A. Pavton, 92 Dundas St. E., Trenton, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Harold Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, 53 Clegg St., Ottawa, Ont. 


Ex. Comp. H. W. Cheetham, 374 Morse St., Port Arthur, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Ken Shore, P.O. Box 107, Espanola, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Howard T. Beaton Sr., Twin Falls, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 



1 R. L. Gostlin, 216 Princess St., Kingston 

2 Joseph Freelove, 48 Concord Ave., Dundas 

3 Z. G. Yorke, 479 Maitland St., London 

4 George Callen, 78 - 27th St., Toronto 14 

5 Wm. A. Ewener, 1281 Dundas St., London 

6 A. J. Wilson, 114 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton 

7 A. R. Graham, 6 Eastwood Park Dr., Belleville 

8 Ailwyn Modlin, 148 Erskine Ave., Toronto 

15 Henry C. Keam, 603 St. Clair St., Pt. Edward 

16 Gordon Lewis, 14 Powell Ave., Ottawa 

18 L. Bruce Shipp, R.R. #1, Woodstock 

19 Evanes F. Greer, 6 Fairview St., St. Catharines 

20 Alfred J. Cox, 32 Walter St., Brantford 

22 F. C. Baker, Prescott 

23 Wallace Shaw, R.R. 4, Scotland 

24 W. D. Marris, 62 Portia Blvd., Stratford 

26 George L. Leeman, 28 V 2 Dundas St. E., Trenton 
72 C. A. King, 403 Minnesota St., Collingwood 

28 Jack Gordon Magee, 559 Rosmere St., Oshawa 

29 Fred Deamude, R.R. #8, Dunnville 

30 Wm. G. Leeson, 19 Blake St. W., Goderich 

31 Allan Wight, R.R. #2, Consecon 

32 J. R. Ashton, 18 Tait St., Gait 

34 J. R. Crawford, 12 Davidson St., Barrie 

35 T. R. Tompkins, 112 St. Peter St., Whitby 

36 R. J. Chandler, 666 Walkerfield Ave., Peterborough 

37 F. G. Wilkinson, 90 Elgin St. N., Port Hope 

40 K. A. Dobbie, R.R. #5, Guelph 

41 Gerald M. Cole, 254 Harris St., Ingersoll 

44 Leslie Wilberham, Collins Bay 

45 D. D. M. Peebles, R.R. #3, Colborne 

46 R. J. Aitcheson, St. Marys 

47 R. S. Paterson, 311 St. Clair St., Chatham 

48 Charles G. Wheatley, 327 Walton St., Cobourg 

53 Norman W. White, Petrolia 

54 Hugh Fackrell, 545 Talbor St., St. Thomas 

55 W. A. Greaves, R.R. #1, Niagara 

56 E. C. Rosskopf, 996 - 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound 

57 Andrew Bucsis, 195 Knoll St., Port Colborne 
59 O. H. Francis, 6 Crawford St., Brockville 

61 James Ingram, Pakenham 

62 R. Adams, 105 Elvaston Dr., Toronto 

63 D. P. MacKay, R.R. #3, Ripley 

64 R. G. Ohler, 13 Haist Rd. S,, Fonthill 

65 Maxwell Clark, 580 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 

66 Earl Campbell, Hensall 

67 Jack A. Miller, Palmerston 


68 Gordon Forbes. Kemptville 

69 S. R. Warnica, 103 Ontario St., Grimsby 

71 Marshal Sadler, Essex 

72 Maurice M. Montgomery, Stirling 

73 J. H. O'Neill, Ridgetown 

74 Milo E. Morgan, Kerwood 

75 Gordon Mcintosh, Milton 

76 Russel Rockefeller, Box 67, Port Robinson 

77 Frank Kerr, 1264 York Mills Rd.. Don Mills 

78 E. L. Gross, Grand Bend 

79 D. J. Jeffrey, 141 Homstead Rd., West Hill 

80 Robert Sutherland, 746 Patricia Dd., Windsor 

81 Gordon Greenwood, Aylmer 

82 C. J. Miller, 309 Rona St., Port Arthur 

83 Walter Gardiner, R.R. #1, Mono Mills 

84 Chas. Thomas, Brussels 
88 Thomas Ellis, Dresden 

90 H. C. Smiley, Kenora 

91 R. E. P. Coleman, 22 Edilou Dr., Toronto 

94 Percy A. Hall, 41 Francis St., Lindsay 

95 R. T. McAndrew, P.O. Box 382, Copper Cliff 

102 R. W. King, 319 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 H. A. Marshall, 431 King St., North Bay 

104 Wm. A. Anderson, 398 Maple Ave., Oakville 
110 Eldon Ewing, Dartford 

112 Lloyd D. Barkley, Morrisburg 

113 Geo. Barlow, 1605 Dover Rd., Cornwall 

114 A. R. Headrick, R.R. #1, Adamston 

115 Wm. W. Guthrie, St. George 

116 Clarence E. Cassibo, R.R. #2, Smiths Falls 

117 H. C. Degen, 401 Courtland Ave. E., Kitchener 
119 Willis E. Dales, R.R. ^3, Wheatley 

129 O. E. Ovens, R.R. #1, Mitchell 

130 Albert Eagles, Southampton 

131 Ray Smith, Clavering 

132 R. A. Running, Lansdowne 

133 G. H. Patterson, 21 Elm St. W., Smith Falls 

134 Wm. McPhail, R.R., Woodville 

135 Russell W. Rodd, R.R. #4, Uxbridge 

138 George Gunn, 372 Willowdale Ave., Willowdale 

140 J. L. Foster, 436 E. Brock St., Fort William 

143 Elmer W. Park, Avonmore 

144 Ben Thompson, Young St., Brighton 

145 L. G. T. Taylor, 112 Esteile Ave., Willowdale 

146 Douglas Hammond, Atwood 

147 Stuart Collyer, Lucknow 

148 W. L. Barnes, 43 Mill Entrance, Hawkesbury 

149 Alexander Warnuk, Rainy River 

150 David A. Morrison, 691 Queens Ave., London 

151 Collin Mick, Petawawa 

152 J. S. Whiddon, Devlin 

153 Albert Ward, 125 Brander Ave., Wallaceburg 
155 Shellard Calder, R.R. -2, Ancaster 

161 Milo D. Chapman, 1131 Johnson St., Kingston 

163 F. S. Dickens, 176 Linden Ave., Scarborough 

164 Wm. Melnyk, Rodney 

167 Lawrence A. Wilcox, 170 Robert St., Midland 

168 Francis W. Long, Campbellford 

169 G. J. Blake, 459 Helen St., Timmins 


175 B. D. Burt, 96 Haddon Ave. N., Hamilton 
184 E. C. Butler, 22 Jessie St., Fort Erie 
195 Alex McLeod, R.R. #1, Inglewood 
198 D. J. Cossey, 155 Brant St. E., Orillia 
205 David Hill, 65 Thornbank Rd., Thornhill 
210 Ray S. Taylor, Winchester 

212 Benjamin Walters, 140 Caribou Ave. W., Toronto 

213 Clarence S. Anderson, Box 927, South Porcupine 

214 Watson Gadsby, Oil Springs 

215 M. H. King, 7 Putney Rd., Toronto 

217 Elwood H. Reid, 38 Woodland Pk. Blvd., Ccarborough 

218 Alexander Mawdsley, Shelburne 

219 Charles Bryson, 9 Torrington Dr., Etobicoke 

220 J. D. W. Cumberland, 1628 Petrie Way, Clarkson 

221 Kenneth Hooper, R.R. #1, Varney 

222 C. A. Churchill, 632 Mutual St., Ottawa 

223 Wallace Layte, Iroquois Falls 

224 J. Clifford Lickers, R.R. #2, Oshweken 

225 John E. Richardson, 142 Boultbee Ave., Toronto 

226 J. D. Gardiner, Perth 

227 Borden A. Gill, 2 Wellington Cres., Belleville 

230 J. G. Walach, 50 Picton Place, Burlington 

231 John W. Callaghan, 3425 Capricorn Cr., Malton 

232 E. J. Ridgway, 177 O'Connor Dr., Toronto 

233 Roy Griffin, 26 Blithfield Ave., Willowdale 

234 Gordon Harley, 31 John St. W., Georgetown 

235 Ewart Jennings, R.R. #3, King 

236 Alex Shannon, 68 East 13th St., Hamilton 

238 Donald H. Thomson, 90 Strathcona Drive, London 

239 P. Mac. Gardiner, R.R. #5, Blenheim 

240 L. T. Vail, R.R. #2, Beamsville 

241 W. Bailey, 73 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto 

242 Samuel Toy, R.R. #2, Lambeth 

243 John O. McFeeters, R.R.#2, Hannon 

245 John T. Miller, 135 Dunbar Rd., Preston 

246 E. Carruthers, 86 Lexfield Rd., Downsview 

247 Lloyd G. Graham, R.R. #8, London 

248 M. S. Tripp, Fitzroy Harbour 

249 J. H. Abernethy, Box 7, Bowmanville 

250 D. A. Lambley, 3551 Rockwell Ave., Windsor 

251 J. W. Bradley, 107 First St., Kirkland Lake 

252 Colin Thorburn, 378 Mack Ave., Sarnia 

253 George Ross, Port Dover 

254 P. G. Stringer, Box 806, Dryden 

255 Frank Rubie, 34 Third St., Tillsonburg 

257 Roy J. Lawlor, Algoma Mills 

258 Cecil B. White, 225 Mill St., Richmond Hill 

259 A. M. McRuer, Box 489, Atikokan 

260 Charles H. Turvey, 62 Swanhurst Blvd., Streetsville 

261 David Green, Parry Sound 

262 Horace C. Rose, 563 Guelph Line, Burlington 

263 T. S. Russell, 116 Portsdown Ave., Scarborough 


1 R. H. Seymour, 3' Third Ave., Kingston 

2 E. M. Marshall, 137 Emerald St. S., Apt. 11, Hamilton 

3 Chas. C. Smuck, 20 Thornton Ave., London 

4 Keith Bellamy, 57 Williamson Rd., Toronto 13 


5 .J. A. Kennedy, 1001 Stoney Brook Cres. N., London 

6 Fred Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 

7 S. H. Lennox, 2(55 Bleecker Ave., Belleville 

8 Gordon McConnell, 30 Rolph Rd., Toronto 17 

15 Harold R. Marriott, 216 Kathleen Ave., Sarnia 

16 Stuart Gilmour, 196 Metcalfe St., Apt. 603, Ottawa 4 

18 Dennis Dard, 41 Kensington St., Woodstock 

19 Arthur Omer, 52 Linden St., St. Catharines 

20 R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford 
22 G. R. Drummond, Spencerville 

2:; \V. J. Thompson, 6 Queen St. S., Simcoe 

24 George S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford 

26 G. Thompson, 6 Bowen Ave., Trenton 

27 B. M. Conron, 537 Hurontario St., Collingwood 

28 A. George Coppin, 227 Arthur St., Oshawa 

29 Frank R. Martin, 421 Pine St., Box 1231, Dunnville 

30 Melborn W. Cox, 2494 Cameron St., Goderich 

31 Fred R. Greatrix Jr., Box 882, Picton 

32 Gordon J. Johnston, 55 Lansdowne Rd. S., Gait 

34 J. M. Lmdsav, 17 Oak St., Barrie 

35 VV. P. Price, 420 Euclid, Whitby 

36 David Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough 

37 C. P. McElroy, 80 Strachan St., Port Hope 

40 Oliver T. Flint, 22 Extra St., Guelph 

41 Lyle L. Mansfield, Box 815, 36 Dufferin St., Ingersoll 

44 F. Kenneth Hill R.R. 5, Napanee 

45 Rudolph Chapman, Coiborne 

46 John W. Durr, St. Marys 

47 H. D. Paulucci, 47 Wilson Ave., Chatham 

48 Eric W. Niles, 140 Brook Rd. S., Cobourg 

53 Robert M. Story, 450 Greenfield St., Petrolia 

54 K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas 

55 E. W. Aldridge, 6 Younblut Ave., St. Catharines 

56 Dr. J. Baxendale, 142-3rd St. A W T est, Owen Sound 

57 L. L. Doan, 803 Elm St., Port Cclborne 

59 James G. Ruston, 164 James St. E., Brockville 

61 John H. McLauchlan, Box 733, Almonte 

62 Harold A. Armstrong, 1102 Avenue Rd., Toronto 12 

63 H. J. Norman, Kincardine 

64 J. C. L. McKeand, 42 Alexander Ave., Welland 

65 W. E. Jackson, 42 Bywood Dr., Toronto 18 

66 Amos Corby, Box 512, Seaforth 

67 L. E. Morphy, Box 188, Palmerston 

68 G. J. Purcell, Oxford Station 

69 W. Fairbrother, Box 674, Beamsville 

71 R. Charles Brushett, Box 08, Essex 

72 John L. Good, Stirling 

73 S. E. Stevenson, Highgate 

74 A. W. Holt, Box 243, Strathroy 

75 Edwin Harrop, R.R. 5, Milton 

76 R. G. Johnston, 2671 Russell St., Niagara Falls 

77 Clifford Aikins, 111 Elmer Ave., Toronto 6 

78 Charles J. Fox, R.R. 7. Parkhiil 

79 Alfred J. R. Moxon, 257 Ferris Rd., Toronto 16 

80 Clarence W. Flett, 442 Askin Blvd., Windsor 

81 Lewis A. Matlack, 55 Pine St. W\, Aylmer 

82 W. H. Cheetham, 374 Morse St., Port Arthur 

83 D. F. Clark, Box 585, Orangeville 

84 Alex Corrigan, R.R. 1, Bluevale 
88 Hugh M. Dunlop, R.R. 6, Dresden 


90 W. F. Piercy, 623-lst St. S., Kenora 

91 Alfred Geary, 74 Shanly St., Toronto 4 

94 L. A. Gilkinson, 2 Wellington St., Lindsay 

95 P. A. Coates, 1147 Ramsay Viewcourt Benvenuto, Apt. 606, Sudbury 

102 E. C. Price, 65 Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 W. L. Brown, 1040 Front St., North Bay 

104 E. A. Wood, R.R. 2, Milton 

110 William G. Taylor, Box 13, Warkworth 

112 H. W. Eady, Box 311, Morrisburg 

113 R. A. Young, 214 Pitt St., Apt. 1, Cornwall 

114 R. Young, 137 Raglan St., N., Renfrew 

115 H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris 

116 Walter W. Whyte, Box 646, 15 Lake Ave. E., Carleton Place 

117 William E. James, 276 Margaret Ave., Kitchener 
119 R. A. Willett, Box 340, Wheatley 

129 E. J. Hingst, Box 42, Mitchell 

130 W. H. Gorrell, Box 100, Port Elgin 

131 Orville Greig, Box 356, Wiarton 

132 A. L. Wheeler, Gananoque 

133 C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Ave., Smiths Falls 

134 Lloyd G. Parliament, Cannington 

135 Harry V. Watson, 27 Main St., Uxbridge 
138 Percy James, 12 Beacham Cres., Agincourt 
140 William S. Shaver, Box 142, Fort William 

143 Roderick McRae, Box 232, Maxviile 

144 Frank Gibbons, 43 Kingsley Ave., Brighton 

145 John Rainey, 49 Finch Ave. W., Willowdale 

146 R. E. McKechnie, 740 Richmond Ave. N., Listowel 

147 Gordon Montgomery, Lucknow 

148 Leon G. Harcourt, Box 177, Hawkesbury 

149 W. B. Warner, Rainy River 

150 John N. Duffy, 1425 Wilton Ave., London 

151 H. Thomas Hale, Box 83, Camp Petawawa 

152 Donald C. Baldwin, 329 Nelson St., Fort Frances 

153 John Walton, 740 James St., Wallaceburg 
155 George Penny, R.R. 2, Ancaster 

161 D. Kernohan, Box 519, Madoc 

163 D. C. Armstrong, 4 Fairford Ave., Toronto 8. 

164 Clarence L. Shaw, West Lome 

167 H. A. Humphries, 83 Macartney St., Midland 

168 William H. Brady, 32A Front St. N., Campbellford 

169 W. A. Bowman, Box 763, New Liskeard 

175 Murray Barnhoorn, 26 Cedar Knoyys Park, Greensville P.O. 

184 William Rostron, 38 Phipps St., Fort Erie 

195 Jacques E. J. Lachapelle, 9 Braemore Rd.. Brampton 

198 M. A. MacDonald, Box 1, Forest Ave., Orillia 

205 G. J. Hall, 18 Kingsdale Ave., Willowdale 

210 W T endell Stanley, Box 10, Russell 

212 Abraham Fox, 21 Tichester Rd., Apt. 401, Toronto 10 

213 R. F. Dewar, 335 Toke St., Timmins 

214 B. A. Russell, Box 6, Inwood 

215 G. H. Walker, 233 Brown's Line, Toronto 14 

217 W. John Webber, 24 Florida Cres., Weston 

218 Hilton Emrick, Homings Mills 

219 Albert Blissitt, P.O. Locust Hill 

220 William M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto 18 

222 W. Earl Tuck, 33 Regent St., Apt. 4, Ottawa 1 

223 Horace A. Jones, Box 125, Iroquois Falls 

224 J. Harvey Williams, 20 Searle St., Hamilton 

225 John Broadfoot, 15 Hazelwood Ave., Toronto 6 


226 L. V. Wood, Box 197, R.R. 3, Perth 

227 Mont Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville 
23-0 J. W. Arnold, 596 Exbury Cres., Port Credit 

231 Albert W. Johnson, 9 Crown Hill Place, Apt. 304, Toronto 18 

232 William D. Harrison, 210 Pemberton Ave., Willowdale 

233 J. Wood, 63 Lynvalley Cres., Scarboro 

234 Jack Addy, 11 Arietta St., Georgetown 

235 E. J. Eveleigh, 43 Connaught Ave., Aurora 

236 Edgar C. Reid, 450 Winniet St., Box 151, Caledonia 

238 A. V. Sedgwick, 194A Duchess Ave., London 

239 Deric Payne, 206 John St., Blenheim 

240 E. A. Griffin, R.R. 3, Smithville 

241 Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto 13 

242 Edward Keith Daniel, 79 Broadway St., Lambeth 

243 John H. Lee, 10 Second Ave. S., Stoney Creek 

245 Bryon J. Ferrier, 119 Third Ave., Preston 

246 J. Carmichael, 2 Mahoney Ave., Toronto 15 

247 Garfield M. Kirkpatrick, 381 Vancouver St., London 

248 George R. Clarke, 107 Daniel St., Arnprior 

249 H. G. Freeman, Box 719, Bowmanville 

250 Walter Hockney, 2530 Dominion Blvd., Windsor 

251 S. M. Pilot, 47 Government Rd. W., Kirkland Lake 

252 Ralph Harshaw, 623 Highbury Park, Sarnia 

253 E. S. Ford, Box 698, Port Dover 

254 John H. Gibson, Box 174, Dryden 

255 Charles Swatridge, R.R. 2, Courtland 

257 A. J. Higgins, Box 255, Espanola 

258 E. F. Short, R.R. 2, Markham 

259 H. G. Dolph, Box 585, Atikokan 

260 Harry B. Banks, 40 Suburban Dr., Streetsville 

261 J. E. Simms, Box 481, 2 James St., Parry Sound 

262 John E. Richardson, 433 Main St. W., Hamilton 

263 G. A. Cooper, 191 Lawson Rd., Highland Creek 



Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario from 1857 to 1965 

♦W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1958-60 

♦John C. Franck 1861-2 

♦T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


*S. B. Harmon 1872 

•C. D. Macdonell 1873 

s Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

♦F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

* Donald Ross 1881-2 

♦H. Macpherson 1883-4 

•Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

♦Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

♦J. J. Mason 1890-1 

•J. E. Harding 1892-3 

♦J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

•A. Shaw 1903-4 

•William Roaf 1905-6 

* John Leslie 1907-8 

•George Moore 1909-10 

*Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

♦Daniel F. Mac Watt . . . 

. . . 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch .... 

. . . 1915-6 

♦A. S. Gorrell, M.D. . . . 

. . . 1917-8 

*Wm. N. Ponton .... 


*H, S. Griffin, M.D. . . . 

. . . 1921 

^Richard H. Spencer . . . 

. . . 1922-3 

♦Walter H. Davis 

. . . 1924-5 

*Kenneth J. Dunstan 

. . . 1926-7 

♦Edwin Smith 

. . . 1928-9 

*Walter G. Price, D.D.S. 


♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M 

.D. 1932-3 

'''Alexander Cowan 


♦George L. Gardiner . . . 

. . . 1935-6 

♦Wm. Y. Mills 

. . . 1937-8 

♦Llewellyn F. Stephens 

. . . 1939-40 

♦John M. Empey 

. . . 1941-2 

John M. Burden 

. . . 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 

. . . 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 

. . . 1947-8 

"Clarence MacL. Pitts 


Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

♦John A. M. Taylor 


John L. House 

. . 1955-6 

Maurice A. Searle 

. . . 1957-8 

Bruce H. Smith 

. . . 1959-60 

Charles W. Emmett '•... 

. . . 1961-2 

Fraser Hay, M.D 

. . . 1963-4 

James E. Girven 

. . 1965 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals and others of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 


"■Henry Robertson 1888 

*Kivas Tully 1891 

♦Hugh Murray 1903 

♦Harry H. Watson 1909 

*E. T. Malone 1919 


♦A. T. Freed 1920 

*Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

♦Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

Melville S. Gooderham 1957 

♦Reginald J. Lewis 1964 

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, Scotland— Grand Z. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sir George Boag, England — Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Scotland— Hon. Past Grand Scribe E. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sweeting, Victoria, Australia— Hon Past Grand Prin. 
Soj. 1958. 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario 

•Thomas B. Harris 1857-1873 

•R. P. Stephens 1874-1875 

•Daniel Spry 1876-1877 

*David McLellan 1878-1891 

♦Thomas Sargent 1892-1898 

♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

*Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

♦Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

*Fred J. Johnson 1949-1959 

Maurice A. Searle 1960-1961 

Robert J. Hamilton 1962-1965 





Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Earl J. McKeever 10 Julia St., Port Hope 

Alberta Charles W. Emmett 27 Colwood Rd., Islington 

Argentina Andrew Nisbet Jr 17 Sturton Rd., Weston 

Arizona Percy W. Rogers 144 Geoffrey Street, Toronto 3 

Arkansas J. Howard Coleman ....104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia . John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 

California Don Calder R.R. 1, Brooklin 

Colorado Dr. Chas. B. Parker 149 South Drive. Toronto 5 

Connecticut Dr. L. Noble Armstrong .185 Brock St.. Kingston 

Delaware Wm. J. Grierson 161 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto 12 

Dist. of Columbia B. H. Smith 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville 

Florida M. S. Gooderham 244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7 

France George A. Phillips 39 Daniel St., Smith Falls 

Georgia E. T. Querney 321 Laura Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho J .Sinclair 174 Dahlia Ave., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland 595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 10 

Indiana A. L. Tinker 28 Anderson Street, Toronto 7 

Iowa Carroll E. Griffin 358 Thorold Road West, Welland 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden 4 Hart Street, Brantford 

Kansas A. P. Goering 72 Amelia Street, Hamilton 

Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

1 ouisiana Jos. Carson 689 Colborne Street, London 

Maine Lome E. Vaughan 315 Bleeker St., Belleville 



Massachusetts Dr. Fraser Hay 165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel 

Michigan Fred W. Dean 244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries 53 Clegg Street, Ottawa 

Missouri C. Percv Eagles 46 Quebec Street, Midland 

Montana David Harcus 1523 Walsh St., Fort William 

Nebraska A. V. Roy Box 57, Napanee 

Netherlands Chas. A. Batt 16 Holloway St., Belleville 

Nevada V. L. Mutton 2 Regal Road, Toronto 

New Brunswick a. Cavanagh 619 Wallace St., London 

New Hampshire .N. M. Sprague Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon 30 Spetz Street, Kitchener 

New Mexico ...J. A. Kennedy 1601 Stoneybrook Cr. N., London 

New South Wales Wellington Smith 166 Third St., Fort Frances 

New York John M. Burden 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12 

New Zealand Dr. J. Austin Evans 309 Avenue Road, Toronto 7 

North Carolina Benjamin S. Scott 9 Prospect Avenue, London 

North Dakota Leslie J. Colling 93 Park Rd. N., Grimsby 

Nova Scotia Stanlev Portch R.R. 2, 5059 Walker's Line, Milton 

Ohio A. G. N. Bradshaw 655 Waterloo Street, London 

Oklahoma R. J. Hamilton 69 Rathburn Rd., Islington 


Pennsylvania John L. House 14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto 13 

Philippines William E. Gardner 18 Littlewood Cres., Etobicoke 

Quebec Maurice A. Searle 1555 Queen St. E., Apt. 501, 

Toronto 8 

Queensland Neil A. MacEachern Waterloo 

Rhode Island E. H. Brennan Leamington 

Saskatchewan j. e. Girven 581 Weller Street, Peterborough 

Scotland James Turnbull 377 O'Connor Dr., Toronto 6 

South Carolina .. Herb F. Thomson 69 Clarence Street, Kingston 

South Dakota j. c. Day 4 Hollis Ave., Scarborough 

Switzerland L. B. Morrison 252 Briar Hill Rd., Toronto 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham ... .436 Krug Street, Kitchener 

Texas Allan C. Mason 65 Hohner Avenue, Kitchener 

Utah Lloyd B. Gillespie 410 Eden Avenue, Ottawa 

Vermont Norman Farrington Niagara Parkway, Queenston 

Victoria Alex Wishart 327 Simcoe St., Woodstock 

Virginia John J. Carpenter 15 Cornelia Street, Smith Falls 


Western Australia Everett C. Wood 142 N. Front Street, Belleville 

West Virginia . . . . W. H. Sargent Listowel 

Wisconsin Dr. S. Perlman 353 Bathurst Street, Toronto 2B 

Wyoming George Shute 426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury 




Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Walter F. Estes 531-19th N., Birmingham 

Alberta J. D. O'Dell Edmonton 

Arizona Harold J. Fulton 627 W. Central St., Coolidge 

Argentina R. W. Haxell 3355 Sucre, Buenos Aires 

Arkansas • •• L. W. Williams Box 105, Osceola 

British Columbia a. R. Byrnell 1375 Kamloops St., Vancouver 

California Angus L. Cavanagh 2032 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 

Colorado E. L. Bartholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut c. J. Fairhurst 16 Highview, Norwalk 

Delaware Elmer S. Howell 2106 Jefferson St., Wilmington 2 

Dist. of Columbia Lucien G. Yung Apt. 201 - 2803 Nicholson Street, 

W. Hyattsville, Md. 

Florida H. J. Wendland 1019 - 14th St. West, Bradenton 

Georgia T. B. Elfe 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Holland D P. Harmsen Holbrouckerlaan 10, Oegstgeest 

Idaho Chas. Hartung 530 No. 6th St., Payette 

Illinois Garland F. Thomas 6102 Dorchester Avenue, Chicago 37 

Indiana William H. Baugh 6011 - 16th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 


Iowa L. Paul Morris • • • Bedford 

Ireland Donald McGaughey 40 Upper Arthur St., Belfast 

Kansas Roy H. Clossen Box 335, Coffeyville 

Kentucky Allen Earl Bell • • ■ Moreland 

Louisiana Rev. Alton A. McKnight p.o. Box 6102 Schreveport 

Maine John G. Faas Benton Station 

Manitoba Frank W. Brownell 82 McAdam Avenue, Winnipeg 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts w. F. Clark 660 Belmont Street, Watertown 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th Street, Port Huron 

Minnesota Fred Hilden International Falls 

Mississippi Justin N. Jones Hattiesburg 

Missouri Chester Selby • Lebanon 

Montana Marion A. Averill Box 254, Choteau 

Nebraska Paul E. Cowles 3036 Fowler Ave., Omaho, Neb. 68111 

Nevada Carl F. Dodge 625 W. Williams St., Fallon 

New Brunswick Fred E. Mallory r.r. 6, Woodstock 

New Hampshire Rev. William Barnes . . 32 Prospect Street, Lancaster 

New Jersey Adrien B. Hommell 57 Main Street. Sussex 

New South Wales Norman Soutar 8 George's River Road. Croydon 

(Australia) Park, Sydney 

New York Clifford A. McDonald . . 55 South Vernon Street, Middleport, 

New York 

New Zealand Norman B. Spencer Box 315, Auckland, CI 

New Mexico William L. Ranville 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N.W. 


North Carolina Henry A. Barrow Box 117, James City 

North Dakota Clifford E. Miller 1213 - 11th Ave. N., Fargo 

Nova Scotia Canon George F. Arnold 1348 Tower Road, Halifax 

Ohio J. A. Gorham Box 276, Bellevue 

Oklahoma Robert L. Taylor Box 187, Skintook. 

Oregon Rex. W. Davis 841 Saginaw Street, Salem 

Pennsylvania .... James D. Smith 20W Katherine Ave., Washington 

PA. 15301 

Philippines Primo I. Guzman No. 8 E. Javinto Street, 

Mandaluyong, Rizal 

Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Layfayette Street, Montreal 

Queensland, 113 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane B.17 

(Australia) ... Dr. L. T. Jobbins 33 Elder Ave., East Providence 

Rhode Island .... K. S. Wilder -503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Saskatchewan Lome Johnson 

Scotland ... The Rt. Hon. The Earl 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

of Galloway Sumter 

South Carolina . . Wm. N. Bradford Horley 

South Dakota .. Joseph Hansen ...43 Titlisstrasse, Zurich 

Switzerland Franz G. W. Schetelig -Newbern, Route 2 

Tennessee R. K. Roney, Sr Box 151, Rosenburg 

Texas J. O. Caruthers 1083 East 460 South, Provo 

Utah Robert H. Drew Windsor 

Vermont George E. Cummings ... 6 Secord Ave., East Kew, 

Victoria, Allen Grant Melbourne 


Virginia Claude E. Schools 130 W. Belvedere Rd., Norfolk 

Washington . . Albert Jensen 3917 Densmore Avenue, Seattle 

Western Australia e. Blanckensee 63 Lawler St., South Perth, 

Western Australia 

West Virginia .... C. C. McGhee Huntington 

Wisconsin .S. J. Dunn Box 204, 1018 Racine Ave., 

■■--■ Waukesha 

Wyoming Carl S, Gilbert 1610 Custer Street, Laramie 




Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Thomas W. Oliver 1 South 55th Place, Woodlawn 

P.O. Box 2822-A, Birmingham, 35212 

Alaska Charles W. Wilson Box 896. Palmer 

Alberta (G.S.E.) F. J. Hand 1717-28th Avenue S.W., Calgary 

Argentina A. Lappas 1385 Arenales, Buenos Aires (R.41) 

Arizona Joseph A. E. Ivey Box 148, Masonic Temple, Tuscon 

Arkansas O. B. Shaw Box 487, Fort Smith 

British Columbia (G.S.E.) E. B. Baker ... 4659 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver 8 

California Chester D. Newell Room 423, Masonic Temple, San 


Colorado Harrv W. Bundy Room 300, Mas. Temple, Denver, 

Colorado 80202 

Connecticut Bliss W. Clark Box 838, New Britain, Conn., 06050 

Delaware Raymond A. Howard ...10 Ridgeland Rd., Lynnfield, 

Wilmington 3 

Dist. of Columbia Marvin E. Fowler .: 801-13th St. N.W., Mas. Temple, 

England (G.S.E.) J. W. Stubbs ..Freemasons Hall, London, W.C.2, 

Gr. Queen Street 

Florida Thomas N. Morrison ... P.O. Box 1532, Lakeland, Fla., 33802 

Georgia . . W. Tom Bateman c/o Grand Chap, of Georgia, R.A.M. 

811 Mulberry Street, Macon 

Germany John G Warren Postfach 403, Munich 1 

Idaho Roland R. Fletcher . . 5212 Bel Air, Boise 

Illinois Lyle Melvin P.O. Box 433, Dixon 

Indiana Earl B. Forney 1204 Main St., Elwood 

Iowa Ross J. Gamblin Bullock Bldg., Atlantic, Iowa 50022 

Ireland James O. Harte Freemasons Hall, 17 Moleworth St., 

Dublin 2 

Kansas Chas. S. McGinness 320 West 8th Street, Topeka 

Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey 694 New Circle Rd. N.E. Lexington. 

Kentucky 405-05 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 209, Mas. Temple, Alexandria, 

Louisiana, 70312 

Maine Earle D. Webster Masonic Temple. Portland 

Manitoba (G.S.E.) C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry, 

Winnipeg 19 

Maryland D. Ross Vansant, Jr. ... 138 Spa View Ave., Annapolis 21401 

Massachusetts ... W. F. Clark Room 703, 51 Boviston St., Masonic 

Temple, Boston 02116 

Michigan Orlow J. Myers Masonic Temple, 133E Michigan 

Ave., Battle Creek, Mich. 49014 
Minnesota Emil A. Wold 4645 Ewing Ave. S., (100) Minnea- 
polis, 10 

Mississiopi Cecil A. Thorn P.O. Box 1030 Meridian 

Missouri Bruce H. Hunt Box 188. Kirksville 

Montana Wm. A. Thaanum 218 So. Roberts St., Helena. 

MO. 59601 

Nebraska Carl R. Greisen 401 Masonic Temple, 19th & Douglas 

Omaha 68102 

Netherlands (G.S.E.) K.L.Jacobs .. Michelangelostratt 33hs, 

Amsterdam — Z. 

Nevada C. A. Carlson, Jr 206 E. Telegraph, Carson City, 

Nevada 89701 
New Brunswick (G.S.E.) Ronald D. Baird 106 - 21st Ave., Edmundston 
New Hampshire Hiram W. Johnson . . 3 Highland Avenue, Antrim 

New Jersey H. R. Pine 93 Irwin Place, Trenton, N.J. 08638 

New Mexico Elmer H. Rieman Post Office Box 1375, Roswell 

New South Wales G. E. W. Salier Manchester Unity Building, 160 

(Austraia) Castlereagh Street, Sydney 

New York George A. Lambert Masonic Temple, New York 10 

£ ev !u Z ^ aland (G.S.E.) W. G. Webster Box 263, Auckland C.l 

North Carolina . . . Chas. C. Ricker Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, 

Asheville, N.C., 28801 

North Dakota Clifford E. Miller Box 1269, Fargo 

Nova Scotia (Gr.-Sec.) H. F. Sipprell Box 322, Halifax 

Ohio Paul G. Lutz Masonic Temple, 3615 Euclid Ave., 

Cleveland 15 

Oklahoma F. M. Lumbard Box 652, Muskogee 

Ontario (G.S.E.) R. J. Hamilton Room 514, Temple Bldg., Toronto 1 

Oregon F. Stanton Ford 2170 S. W. Taylors Ferry Road, 

Portland, Oregon 97219 


Pennsylvania .... John C. F. Kitselman . . . Masonic Temple, Broad and Filbert 

Streets, Philadelphia 7 

Philippines Antonio Gonzalez c/o York Rite Bodies, 1440 San 

Marceline, Manila 

Quebec (GSE.) H. Wall Clark .2295 St. Mark Street, Montreal 


Australia q W. Coulter Box 425 F. Brisbane 

Rhode Island Luther C. Homan .37 Austin Ave., Greenville 

Saskatchewan (G.S.E.) H. K. Halldorson 407-9 Kerr Block, Regina 

Scotland Thomas McFarlane 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

bouth Carolina Hugh N. Layne 901 Palmetto State Life Building, 

Columbia 1 

South Dakota . . . . c E Buehler Box 366, Mitchell 


(Helvetia) H Mauerhofer Box Transit 954, Berne 2 

Tennessee T E Doss 100-108 Seventh Ave. N. (Box 216), 

Nashville 1 

T T f x as E . s. Winfree. Jr P.O. Box 296, Waco 

Utan Paul B Pickering Masonic Temple, 650 East South 

Temple St., Salt Lake City, 2 

Vermont Aaron H. Grout Masonic Temple, Box 443, 

Victoria Burlington 

Australia (G.S.E.) H. O. Thomas .164 Flinders St., Melbourne C.l 

Virginia Carl Frank Wood .... Masonic Temple, 107 W. Broad St., 

Richmond 20 

Washington Raymond N. Babcock . . . Masonic Temple, 801 - 13th St. N.W., 

Washington, 5 

Western Australia L . C. Wilson No. 6 Bank of N.S.W. Chambers, 

__ . __. . . 65 St. George's Terrace, Perth 

West Virginia .... Nelson S. Orkney P.O. Box 367, Webster Springs 

Wisconsin Earl B. Bauer Room 239, 225E. Michigan St., 

Milwaukee, Wise. 53202 

Wyoming Irving E. Clark Box 1311, Casper 


(M.M.M. Lodge) Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty . . . Mark Masons' Hall, 40 Upper Brook 

Street, London W.l 




Committee on Award 79 



Members 76-111 

Report of Committee 75 




Committee Report 80-85 


Committee on 112 

Report (see back of this book) Appendix 


Annual, Toronto 5-6 


Report 11-16 


DEMITS 119-120 




Committee -.,. 73 


Report 102 


Members 107 


Members Ill 

Report of 85-88 


Auditor's Report 62-63 


Names and addresses 124-126 


Committee on 112 

Report of Committee 89-90 



Opening 6 

Closing 110 

Call Off .-: 102 

Call On 102 


Address 18 

Report of Committee on 70-73 

Visitations 20-23 


Elected 130 

Honorary 130 


List of 131-132 

Roll Call ..... 16 


Election 75 


Names and addresses 121-123 


Report of 57 

Past Grand Scribes E 130 


Confirmation of Appointment 121 

Reports of 35-54 


Financial Statement 55 


Committee Ill 

Report of Committee 70 



Committee on Ill 

Report of Committee 69 



Report of Committee 103-105 


Confirmation 11 



Appointed 107-108 

Elected 110 




Past Grand First Principals 10 

Toronto Districts 11 

Presentation of Jewels 23-2o 


Committee on Ill 

Report 6S 

REPORTS (Committee reports listed under Committee) 

Grand Scribe E 57-61 

Grand Superintendents 35 

Grand Treasurer 55 



Names and addresses 126-120 





Financial Statement ... 69 


Committee on Ill 

Report of Committee 70 




Alphabetically Arranged 
Introduction — Maurice A. Searle, P.G.Z. 





British Columbia 









Mark Master Masons of 

England and Wales 15 

Florida 16 

Germany 16 

Idaho* 18 

Illinois 19 

Iowa 20 

Ireland 20 

Kentucky 22 

Louisiana 23 

Maine 24 

Manitoba 25 

Maryland 27 

Massachusetts 28 

Michigan 29 

Minnesota 30 

Missouri 32 

Montana 34 

Netherlands 34 


New Brunswick 
New Hampshire 
New Jersey 
New Mexico 
New York 


New Zealand 42 

North Carolina 44 

North Dakota 44 

Nova Scotia 45 

Newfoundland 46 

Ohio 46 

Oklahoma 48 

Oregon 49 

Pennsylvania 51 

Philippines 52 

Quebec 53 

Rhode Island and Providence 

Plantations 54 

Saskatchewan 54 

Scotland 55 

South Carolina 59 

South Dakota 59 

Tennessee 60 

Texas 61 

Utah 63 

Vermont 63 

Victoria (Australia) 64 

Virginia 65 

Wisconsin 67 


Annual Review of the Proceedings of Other Grand Chapters 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is again my privilege to present to Grand Chapter a review of all 
the Proceedings received from Sister Grand Jurisdictions with whom our 
Grand Chapter is in fraternal relationship. 

This has again afforded me an opportunity of a literary journey to 
all those Grand Chapters and to gain knowledge of Royal Arch Masonry 
as it exists among the freedom places of the world and the thinking and 
expressions of opinion voiced by those who have given leadership in their 
respective Grand Chapters. This journey and essential study has caused 
me to become gravely concerned with the apparent steady decline of the 
effectiveness and mission of the Royal Craft. 

While membership should not be considered the only barometer of 
increased effectiveness of the great fundamentals and tenets of our 
Craft, yet I suggest that a steady lessening thereof is a sure indication 
that we as individual Royal Arch Masons must have failed in our en- 
deavors to inculcate into the hearts and minds of many of our Com- 
panions the challenge issued by our Grand First Principal one year ago 
when he stated in his address: 

"I believe Freemasonry is a personal challenge and must be in- 
dividually met. It is more than an institution, more than a tradition, 
more than a society of men; it is a way of life." 

He also then stated: 

"It seems to me that the need was never greater for our individual 
emphasis as Freemasons." 

The truth and soundness of these exhortations have been borne out 
to me as a consequence of my study of the Proceedings received from 
other Grand Jurisdictions. To further elaborate and in substantiation of 
my thinking and opinion, may I refer to potent observations made by 
leaders of other Grand Jurisdictions. 

For instance, the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Ohio 
in his address stated: 

"Yours and mine then is not a simple task and is not one which will 
be complete in one term or in our lifetime, but we must accept the chal- 
lenge here and now and dare not continue to be apathetic to the problems 
which confront us today. We must, and I believe we will, reverse the loss 
of membership which has been prevalent during the past several years — 
not only in this Grand Chapter but in Freemasonry throughout the world. 
Freemasonry is not our religion but we must be religious in our Free- 

However, it is most significant that this Grand High Priest also 
stated in his address, and I quote: 

". . . this Grand Chapter should not be suffering continual losses in 
membership in a time of population and economic growth such as we are 
experiencing today. If our loss were weighted by the population boom of 
the country today we would understand the seriousness of the situation." 

And he also stated: 

"Through observation it appears that this condition is caused by the 
following — perhaps not in the same order — but for the same reasons: 
—DISINTEREST— POOR PROGRAMING. Other reasons could be men- 
tioned but the above I believe to be the most important." 

The Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New York stated: 
"If, on the other hand, our fraternity is showing signs of decline it is 
because we have abandoned our Masonic principles. Even though we may 
still call ourselves Exalted Companions many of us have lost our forward 
vision, our spiritual insight, our humility and, in many instances, we have 
become self-seeking and arrogant instead of loving and cooperative. We 
forget that it is he who humbles himself who will be exalted." 

May I also refer to the address given by the Grand Orator of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oregon, who stated: 

"Perhaps the greatest threat to our freedom today is our own lack of 
personal discipline. For the result of our abdication of this vital self- 
determination privilege is a massive public immorality having potential 
for destroying us as a nation. We have become a nation of headline 
readers and picture scanners. Our powers of perception are scanty and 
superficial at a time when our national interest demands that they be 
profound and thorough. Instead of seeking the truth we incline to turn 
our back on it and to ignore or avoid it, letting our emotions and our 
prejudices conveniently rule when there is grave need for the utmost in 
our intellectual capacity." 

Practically every leader of other Grand Jurisdictions expresses 
opinions in a similar vein to those I have already quoted. The answer, 
therefore, is emphasized time and time again, namely, the acceptance of 
individual responsibility and a rededication by all of us to those great 
fundamentals and tenets which have ever been the foundation of our 
Masonic structure. 

The forcefulness of this reasoning cannot be better exemplified than 
did the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico when 
he addressed Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons at its 67th Annual Con- 
vocation, and I quote in part: 

". . . Certainly we need willing workmen laboring in the quarries: 
we have them. We need these things if we are going to accomplish ef- 
fectively, efficiently and harmoniously the goals that we have in reaching 
that one common goal of us all, the brotherhood of man under the fellow- 
ship of God. If we are to make our Freemasonry really meaningful to ail 
of us and to those about us and if we are to make our Freemasonry 
really work, we need in times such as these to stop for a moment and 
contemplate, to recognize anew that we must be willing as individuals to 
accept our obligated share in the responsibilities that we have. In other 
words, my brethren, what you and I as individuals are at any moment in 
time will depend in great measure and in the final analysis that will de- 
termine the health and the growth and the prosperity and the future of 
our family of Freemasonry. It applies not only in our cities, it applies in 
our state, it applies in Freemasonry throughout the world." 

Thus, my Companions, while it must be accepted that Royal Arch 
Masonry has over the history of time met challenges with faith and de- 
termination which has brought about an upsurge and rejuvenation of its 
great fundamentals and tenets, yet I am earnestly convinced that the 
challenge to dedicated and devoted Freemasons is now greater than any 
we have faced heretofore. May I, therefore, be permitted to close in a 
personal vein by asking all the Companions in our jurisdiction to accept 
and apply in a most practical sense the challenge I issued at the con- 
clusion of my address as Grand Z. at the time of the Centennial Celebra- 
tion of this Grand Chapter in April of 1958, namely: 

"Thus, as we go our separate ways, let us leave with a firm deter- 
mination that, seeking the guidance of the Great Jehovah, we will re- 
dedicate ourselves to those great principles and tenets upon which this 
noble institution has withstood the vicissitudes of time and season and 

resolve to make a more impressive and individual contribution in every 
phase of our activities, Masonic or otherwise, so that our priceless heri- 
tage, in an improved state, may be transmitted to the Companions of 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 


Past Grand Z. and Reviewer 


The 137th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Alabama was held in Birmingham on February 10 and 11, 

Chapters 48; U.D. 1 .... membership September 14, 1963—12,497; net 
loss 215. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles A. Guthrie. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas W. Oliver. 

The Grand High Priest's address reveals that, notwithstanding the 
necessity of a period of hospitalization and subsequent ill health for a 
time, he did apply himself vigorously and with dignity to the responsibili- 
ties of his office. In his address, and referring to the State of the Craft, 
he said, and I quote: 

'The statistical reports of the Grand Secretary will show that we 
have again suffered a loss of membership over the preceding year. There 
is no satisfaction in pointing out that the loss is less than sustained in 
the preceding year. We continue to be troubled with suspensions for non- 
payment of dues. In an effort to stem this trend I have instituted the 
making of awards, hoping that thereby the chapters will develop suf- 
ficient interest and enthusiasm to curtail this loss so that we can show a 
net increase. 

"We will, during this Grand Convocation, present to one of our 
chapters a plaque suitably engraved, which plaque is to become an annual 
award. This plaque is awarded on the basis of the chapter having the 
highest percentage under the following conditions: 

An award of five points for each Companion exalted. 

Four points for each affiliation. 

Three points for each reinstatement. 

"The loss of three points will be charged for each suspension for non- 
payment of dues. Total credit will be the percentage of points earned to 
the total membership of the chapter based on the last Grand Chapter 
proceedings. This plaque may be retained by any chapter who wins it for 
three successive years. 

"In addition to the plaque we propose to award merit certificates to 
the chapters over the state who qualify under the following headings: 

Exalted the largest number 

Largest net gain in membership 

Highest percentage of exaltations to membership 

First to file its annual report 

First to pay its per capita tax 

Lowest number of suspension NPD 

Lowest percentage of suspensions NPD 

"These certificates have been prepared and will be presented at our 
session on Tuesday morning." 

It is also significant to observe the following: 

"According to 1963 proceedings, the following Chapters had not been 
represented for two years and unless an attendance is reported for this 
Convocation the charter of these Chanters would be subject to suspension: 

Talladega No. 23, St. John No. 28, Ben Bricken No. 99, Roanoke No. 
100, Tallassee No. 126, Monroeville No. 170, Geneva No. 171. 

"The following had not been represented for three years and under 
the Grand Chapter law the Grand High Priest is required to suspend 
these Chapters: 

Eufaula Chapter No. 24, Landmark Chapter No. 71. 

"On December 18 I addressed a letter to the officers and members of 
all these Chapters, informing them of the fact that they were subject to 
suspension and urging that th?y have representation at this Grand Chapter 
meeting. In the event they are not represented they have at least been 
notified of their standing under the Grand Chapter Law. 

"Generally speaking there seems to be a lack of interest in smaller 
Chapters of what we might term the outlaying areas such as those 
numerated above. We must continue our efforts to stimulate an interest 
in our present membership and in candidates that are initiated if 
Capitular Masonry is to continue to live in Alabama." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Joseph R. Brown. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas W. Oliver. 


The 11th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Alaska was held in Fairbanks on August 17, 1963. 

Chapters 5; membership 536; net loss 12. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edward Leigh Kendall. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles W. Wilson. 

The Grand High Priest, in his address, expressed optimism for the 
future of Royal Arch Masons in Alaska, and I quote: 

"During my term in the office of Grand High Priest it was my 
privilege to visit all of the Chapters affiliated with the Grand Chapter in 
Alaska. On these visits I had the opportunity to be present at the con- 
ferring of degree work and enjoy some excellent work which reflects the 
amount of time, study and practice that had been devoted to Free- 
masonary. I also enjoyed the hospitality of the various Chapters and am 
extremely grateful for the many courtesies extended to me during my 

"I am most grateful to the loyal Grand Officers both elective and 
appointive for their support and help during the year. I wish to give 
special thanks to P. Grand High Priest and present Grand Secretary 
Charles W. Wilson for his untiring work as Grand Secretary and for the 
inspiration afforded me by this association. No Chapter either grand or 
constituent is any better than its line officers and I feel that the future 
of our Grand Chapter lies in good hands." 


Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Herman P. Gillilan. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles W. Wilson. 


The 50th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Alberta was held in Calgary on May 13, 1964. 

Chapters 31; U.D. 1; membership December 31, 1963—3,851; net 
gain 2. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. William Nelson Martin. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. F. J. Hand. 

The Grand First Principal, in his address, reveals that he not only 
travelled extensively in his jurisdiction and others but certainly indicates 
his enthusiasm and faith in the Royal Craft. A special guest was the 
Grand Master of Alberta, who in his address to the Companions stated, 
and I quote: 

"M.E. Sir and Companion, it is a great pleasure to come here to 
meet with you and partake of your companionship. Fifty years of devoted 


time and effort is a great achievement and I on behalf of the Grand 
Lodge of Alberta bring you greetings and best wishes from members of 
the Grand Lodge of Alberta on your arrival at this fiftieth anniversary. I 
am pleased to see so many from Edmonton whom I know personally. 
Capitular Masonry is and does run closer to the Craft Masonry than any 
other rite, it improves and beautifies and I was extremely impressed that 
it is closer to humanity in all its teachings, and on behalf of Craft 
Masonry, all good wishes and may your deliberations be guided by sane 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. L. J. Daniels. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. F. J. Hand. 


The 73rd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Arizona was held in Phoenix on October 23, 1963. 

Chapters 16; membership December 31, 1962 — 2,001; net gain 29. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Elvie B. Jolley. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Joseph A. E. Ivey. 

The address of the Grand High Priest indicates that he discharged his 
responsibilities with zeal and fidelity and travelled extensively through- 
out his jurisdiction and made many visits to other grand jurisdictions. 

The address of the Grand Lecturer contains many highlights, some 
of which are particularly significant, and I quote: 

"What have we got to sell? 

"First of all, a rich heritage in the history of our country. Let's not 
fail to emphasize the important part that Freemasons played in the 
establishment of our country and its form of government; however, this 
is not our excuse for being, but it is our 'family' background. 

"Secondly, we have an association with men of like point of view. 
Men who strongly believe in the complete separation of church and state; 
in the fundamental importance of the system of free and public educa- 
tion, and in an intense belief in the personal integrity of man, a quality 
we believe is essentially necessary in our political leaders. 

Third, we have beautiful degrees full of symbolism and hidden 
meanings. They must be presented well and we should never compromise 
them — anything less than excellence is not acceptable. We will, of course, 
have to be realistic about the talent available, but let's insist that each 
man take the part best suited to his ability and perform it well. It is not 
enough that they be Masons, they must have the character and stature of 


Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Paulding B. Forry. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Dwight E. Shannon. 

British Columbia 

The 46th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of British Columbia (with jurisdiction over the Yukon Territory) 
was held at Victoria on June 17, 1964. 

Chapters 41; membership December 31, 1963 — 5,582; increase 8. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. J. Stanley Dyke. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Edgar B. Baker. 

The Grand First Principal in his address gave proof of his loyalty to 
the Craft by reason of his many visitations and extensive travel through- 
out his jurisdiction and gave this advice, and I quote: 

"During my travels through this Grand Jurisdiction I am pleased to 
say that, generally speaking, our Royal Craft is in a very healthy condi- 
tion. We are suffering in common with every other organization by lack 
of attendance at our Convocations. However, those Companions who do 


attend regularly are very keen and are keeping up the tradition of 
Capitular Masonry in their committees. Though we may be lacking in 
numbers I feel that it is much more important to have men of the highest 
calibre in our ranks, and I would impress upon the officers and Com- 
panions that they keep this idea in mind at all times. In this way we 
cannot go wrong. It is important, also, when new officers are appointed, 
that they be of good officer material, thus strengthening the entire 
structure. I also strongly recommend that the investigating committees 
take their responsibilities seriously and perform their duties accord- 

It is interesting to note that the Bursary Committee reports: 

"Apparently the awards given by this Grand Chapter are well known 
to the students in this province. At least one application was received 
from each of the ten districts with the exception of District No. 6. Un- 
fortunately the fund, as it stands at present, only can provide for three 
bursaries of $3*00 each." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Richard T. Litt. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Edgar B. Baker. 


The 110th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of California was held at Pasadena on April 27 and 28, 1964. 

Chapters 127; membership December 31, 1963—34,391; net loss 304. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Wilbur Martin Carson. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Chester H. Newell. 

The Grand High Priest in his address referred to the "Condition of 
the Order" as follows: 

"As your Grand High Priest it was my personal privilege to of- 
ficially visit 108 of the 127 Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction, either 
individually or by district. 

"The attendance at the receptions was outstanding and the warm, 
friendly spirit exhibited by the Companions and their ladies will always 
be a cherished memory. 

"Our membership loss this year was .0087 per cent; although not 
great, comparatively speaking, with other bodies, I believe it could have 
been eliminated had more time been expended in the handling of suspen- 
sions and demit. A loss of 869 Companions by this means, coupled with 
the 804 deaths gives us a total of 1,673 to offset with new candidates, af- 
filiations and restorations. 

"The only way we are going to eliminate these losses is by 'WORK' 
on the part of every member in every Masonic body. Be proud of our 
Masonic organization and let people know about it, by every word, deed 
and action. Don't keep Masonry locked in the lodge or Chapter room. 
Forget about that which has happened in the past and take a positive 
approach to the future by building interest with our DeMolays and newly 
raised Master Masons." 

The following recommendation by the G.H.P. is interesting to us: 

"In viewing many of the outdoor degree we find, in the majority of 
cases, that the attendance and the number of candidates for degrees has 
dwindled to practically nothing. In business if you took a particular 
product and kept it in the same spot in your store, with the same ad- 
vertising and the same price, after a time people would never notice it; 
but if you took that same piece of merchandise, moved it about in your 
store with a periodic change of advertising and a different price, that 
product will keep selling. Outdoor degrees are no different. 

"In order to rejuvenate this apparent lost interest I recommend we 
reduce the number of outdoor degrees now being held and rotate them 
throughout the state at the discretion of the Grand Officers. 


"Effective April 10, 1964, the Royal Arch Chapters of California 
were directed to receive the written approval of the Grand Lecturer on 
any and all sites to be used for outdoor degrees prior to the conferring of 
the degree. This directive was issued at the request of the Grand Officers 
and the Grand Lecturer because in a few cases we have been a little lax 
in the choosing of our sites." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. George K. Harry. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Chester H. Newell. 


The 89th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Colorado was held in Denver on January £0, 

Chapters 55; membership January 24, 1964 — 6,858; net loss 142. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William Eugene Calkins. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry W. Bundy. 

The Grand High Priest, in his address, gives evidence that he was a 
devoted and dedicated leader, and I quote: 

"When I was installed in this office a year ago I had a fairly good 
idea of the work and responsibilities that accompanied this great honor, 
but what I did not realize was the tremendous amount of joy, satisfac- 
tion and warmth that comes from the opportunity to travel and meet so 
many good men and Masons. My experiences and associations of the past 
year will always be remembered as one of the most outstanding and 
happy years of my life. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my 
heart that made this possible for me, especially Most Excellent Com- 
panion Humbert Rees who was my godfather so to speak. My thanks go 
also to the Companions of my own Chapter, Gunnison No 16, who, 
through their outstanding activities in York Rite work, attracted the 
attention of Humbert. . . . 

"We can do nothing regarding the passing of our Companions, but 
these other losses can and must be controlled. Demits and affiliations 
should be in balance. Suspensions, in my humble opinion, can be drastical- 
ly reduced. The fault lies within our own Masonic bodies. We have heard 
much lately regarding poor attendance, lack of interest and apathy 
among our brothers and companions, the popular reason or complaint 
being that there is too much competition from television programs, bowl- 
ing alleys, etc. To me these are merely alibis. While in Minneapolis I 
heard a very prominent Mason remark that our Masonic bodies — from 
the Symbolic Lodge through both rites — had turned into nothing more 
than degree mills — through a gradual transition the past years the of- 
ficers of our several Masonic bodies have been led to believe that their 
only obligation to their lodges was to be able to open and close and do a 
creditable degree work. Let's stop and analyze the situation a little. We 
receive the petition of a candidate — confer the degree — then set him on 
the sidelines, shake his hand and congratulate him. Sure, we invite him 
to come back to our meetings. He is enthusiastic and returns — maybe he 
sees some more degrees conferred, if not the officers merely open, read 
the minutes, pay a bill or two, close and have some refreshments and go 
home. A few sessions like this and the new member says to himself, 'Is 
this all there is to Masonry?' 

" 'Is this all I get for the fee I paid?' Then he looks for something 
more interesting and when it comes time for him to pay his dues he 
again thinks, 'I'm not getting anything out of my Lodge or Chapter, 
why should I pay these dues?' Soon his name comes up for suspension. 
Possibly in recent years we have placed too much emphasis on obtaining 


petitions and doing good degree work. I heartily agree that these are 
essentially necessary, but are they the most important function of our 
Masonic bodies and their officers? 

"For the most part these new members join for the purpose of getting 
'more light' in Masonry. When we fail to provide a program that will give 
these men 'more light* we are rot giving him his full reward and are 
falling down on our obligations. If the officers, with the assistance of 
interested members, will start planning and providing some programs of 
interest relating to Masonic education and topics of general interest to 
their members I am confident that attendance will increase and the mem- 
bers will become interested to the point where their enthusiasm will rub 
off on their friends and the petitions will take care of themselves. Like- 
wise suspensions will cease to be a problem and these minus figures will 
disappear from our annual reports. 

"I also feel that more emphasis should be placed on public relations. 
Masonry is not a secret organization and it is time we came out of the 
shadows into the sunlight and let the world know the principles of 
Masonry and what we stand for. Remember that our obligation to dis- 
pense more light and knowledge is not confined to the lodge or chapter 
room. Since we cannot solicit members in the Symbolic lodges we must 
influence them in other ways. Our only source of Chapter material comes 
from the Symbolic Lodge. We must exert our energies in the lodges as 
well as the Chapters." 

The address of the Grand Chaplain, R.E. Comp. William 0. Richards, 
makes a most profound impression and I quote some excerpts therefrom: 

". . . Does Masonry have anything to offer the average man as he 
faces the trying problems of living in this troubled twentieth century? 

"You know, and I know, that any organization, be it religious, fra- 
ternal or even a service organization, must contribute something to the 
life of the average member if it expects to gain his full support. 

"Masonry is no exception. 

"So for the next few minutes I am going: to try to answer the ques- 
tion. What benefit do we derive from our affiliation with Masonry? If we 
follow the advice given to us in the lecture of the Most Excellent Master's 
degree and study the lectures of all the preceding degrees we shall find 
that Masonry, indirectly, teaches two things. The first of these is faith 
in Deity — faith in God. 

"Do you recall the words of the eld Patriarch Job when everything 
had been taken away from him ? His wife, looking: on, said, 'Dost thou 
still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die." (Job 2: 9) 

His answer was, 'Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.' (Job 13: 

"The old patriarch was expressing not only his own faith but the 
faith of his people. 

"One of the greatest needs of our day is faith in God. The great 
country of ours was conceived in and born of faith — the faith of the 
founding fathers, many cf whom were Masons. 

"That faith is beine: challenged today bv atheism from without and 
by indifference from within, and the time has come when we must be 
prepared to uphold and defend that faith. 

"While we have ceased to be vigilant strange things have taken 
place. Little children in some of our schools are no longer allowed to bow 
their he^ds and say, 'God is kind and God is good, and we thank Him for 
this food,' before partaking of their noon-day meal. 


"In other parts of our country atheists have ruled that the last 
verse of the patriotic hymn 'America' must be omitted. 
"Do you recall the words of that last verse? 
"Our Father's God, to thee, 

Author of liberty, 
To thee we sing; 

Long- may our land be bright 
With freedom's holy light; 
Protect us by thy might, 
Great God, our King. 
"Companions! We need that faith, because if that faith is ever lost 
Freemasonry will go with it. 

"Here we have freedom within the law, freedom to live as free men 
and not as slaves; freedom to express ourselves as individuals and to 
worship God after the dictates of our own conscience. 

"These privileges are priceless and when I see the multitudes of 
thoughtless people who are blind to that truth and conscious only of 
their right to this or that I am reminded of the words of the poet: 
Breathes there a man with soul so dead, 

Who never to himself hath said, 
This is my own, my native land. 
"So you see, Companions, Masonry does contribute much to the life 
of the average Mason. Indirectly it teaches him to place his trust in God 
and to love the country he is proud to call his own." 
Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Clarke H. King. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry W. Bundy. 


The 166th Annual Convocation of the M.E. Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Connecticut was held at Hartford on May 16, 1964. 

Chapters 45; membership April 15, 1964 — 9,219; net loss 177. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Iver A. Erickson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bliss W. Clark. 

Again we find a Grand High Priest concerned with the condition of 
the rite as he reported in his address as follows: 

"Our membership is decreasing each year in spite of our determined 
efforts to stop this trend. It seems that the Grim Reaper is calling many 
of our Companions and we are not exalting younger members fast enough 
to balance this number. 

"As of April 15, 1963, our total membership was 9,396. During the 
year we had 256 deaths, adjusted to cover error 2. 64 demits, 43 N.P.D., 
42 struck from roll in lodge, suspended 1: a total loss of 408. During the 
year we have 217 exaltations, 5 affiliations, 9 reinstatements; a total 
gain of 231, leaving a net loss of 177 as of April 15, 1964. Total member- 
ship April 15, 1964—9,219. 

"This is very discouraging because during the past year we cir- 
cularized our entire membership twice with letters and fliers, imoloring 
them to interest their brother Masons in Capitular Masonry and includ- 
ing with these letters literature and blank petitions. I am sorry to re- 
port that very few Companions took the trouble to distribute these 
pamphlets to interested brothers. However, many Companions on the 
York Rite Festival Committees, the Custodians and Grand Officers tried 
very hard to stimulate activity and interest in York Rite Masonry. Many 
thanks to them for their untiring efforts. I hope we can publicize 
Capitular Masonry in the future through the medium of the Royal Arch 
Mason Magazine if you vote to accept my recommendation regarding 
sending subscriptions to all our members. . . . 

"On my official visit to the 45 Contituent Chapters in Connecticut 


over the past twelve years I have observed that many were not aware of 
their financial position. I was unable in some cases to find out if their 
dues were sufficient to cover all their expenses. In some cases they were 
not and as a consequence they were struggling to make both ends meet. I 
believe this condition could be greatly relieved if each Chapter was in- 
structed in the method of setting up a budget and operating within that 
budget. I therefore recommend that 'Each Constituent Chapter shall sub- 
mit to the Grand Secretary an estimated tentative budget for the ensuing 
year at the time it sends in its annual return and to show in detail the 
income and expenditures.' . . . 

"I recommend the establishment of a fund to assist Companions who 
have been members over 30 years and are so situated financially as to be 
unable to pay their Grand Chapter dues and liable to suspension for 
N.P.D. Their dues could be paid from this fund and we would still be able 
to keep them on our rolls. Whether this is done on a state level or 
through each individual Chapter is not important. In any case it should be 
given serious consideration. We have had too many Companions dropped 
N.P.D. in the past ten years and I am sure that many of them were over 
30-year members. This is indeed deplorable and not in accordance with 
my interpretation of true Masonry. In our degree work we have indicated 
our willingness to help, aid and assist a worthy brother in distress. 
Truly here is an opportunity to demonstrate our sincerity and actually 
practice our principles. . . ." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Russell E. Rose. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bliss W. Clark. 


The 96th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Masons of 
Delaware was held at Wilmington on January 18, 1964. 

Chapters 5; membership January 1, 1964 — 1,001; loss 33. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ernest H. Martyn. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond A. Howard. 

The Grand High Priest in his address gave proof that he had applied 
himself with diligence and industry to his responsibilities and had this to 
say about the condition of the Craft: 

"While we had a loss in membership of 33 Companions during the 
past year I was greatly pleased and gratified by the improvement in 
interest and attendance. The officers of the various Chapters are to be 
especially commended for the improvement in the excellence of their 
degree work. For this I believe much credit should be given to the Grand 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Warren W. Edinger. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond A. Howard. 


Reports were available for study by your reviewer covering the 
Regular Convocations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of England held at Freemasons' Hall, London, on February 12, 
April 30 and November 11, 1964. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Rt. Hon. the Earl of Scar- 
brough, K.G., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., T.D, 

Second Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Rt. Hon. the Earl Cadogan, 
M.C., D.L. 

Third Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Rt. Rev. Bishop Herbert, 
K.C.V.O., D.D. 

It is stimulating to observe the progress and growth of this supreme 
jurisdiction as evidenced by the continual number of applications being 
received and approved at home and overseas. 


This reviewer and many of our Companions will recall with great 
pleasure that great Mason, Sir George Boag, K.C.I.E., C.S.I. , who repre- 
sented M.E. Comp. Rt. Hon. the Earl of Scarborough, at our Centennial 
Convocation. The following will be of interest, therefore, to all: 

"Companions will recall that at the last Regular Convocation of 
Grand Chapter mention was made of the inauguration of the Grand 
Chapter of India on 22nd November, 1963, at which Grand Chapter was 
represented by the President of the Committee, Sir George Boag, 
K.C.I.E., C.S.I., P.G. Supt., Madras, and E. Comp. Major G. P. Bulman, 
C.B.E., G.S.N. 

"Some month prior to this event all English Chapters in India were 
circularized to ascertain whether they wished to join the new Grand 
Chapter or to remain under the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. Of 
the 96 Chapters concerned, 60 have elected to remain under the Supreme 
Grand Chapter and 36 have opted to join the Grand Chapter of India. 
The latter are listed below under their respective Districts and the Com- 
mittee recommends that these Chapters be erased from the roll of the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of England. . . ." 

And also: 

"The M.E. the First Grand Principal: Companions, that completes the 
formal business before Grand Chapter today. I have no announcements to 
make in regard to new appointments to the office of Grand Superinten- 
dent and there are no distinguished visitors from other jurisdictions for 
me to welcome on your behalf. 

"But before proceeding to close this Grand Chapter I will call on 
E. Comp. Sir George Boag, President of the Committee of General Pur- 
poses, to give us a short account of his recent visit to India in connection 
with the inauguration of the Grand Chapter of India in November last 
when he represented this Supreme Grand Chapter." 

"The President of the Committee of General Purposes: Most Excel- 
lent and Companions, thank you, Most Excellent, for giving me this op- 
portunity of letting Grand Chapter have a short account of Grand 
Scribe N's and my recent visit to India. . . . 

"The inaugural ceremony was a most impressive occasion. We first 
opened the Grand Chapter and as soon as that was done we heard the 
Resolutions which had been passed by the Grand Lodge of India recom- 
mending the formation of the Grand Chapter. This gave me the chance of 
conveying to them the good wishes of this Supreme Grand Chapter of 
England which the Second Grand Principal, who was presiding at our 
November Convocation, charged me to convey. 

"The First Grand Princial Designate was then introduced and I had 
the privilege and pleasure of installing him into his office. I then left him 
in the chair to instal his Second and Third Grand Principals and the rest 
of his officers. Among these appointments he paid E. Comp. Bulman and 
me the compliment of appointing us Past Third and Second Grand Prin- 
cipal respectively. After this he made a short speech asking me, amongst 
other things, to convey to the Supreme Grand Chapter of England his 
appreciation of their delegation of us to represent them on this occasion 
and asking me to also to convey the fraternal greetings and good wishes 
of his Grand Chapter to this Supreme Grand Chapter here. This message 
I now have the greatest pleasure in delivering to you. Most Excellent, 
and to this Supreme Grand Chapter. . . ." 

"The M.E. the First Grand Principal: I am sure, Companions, you 
have listened with interest to what E. Como. Sir George Boag has just 
told you, and I would like . on your behalf, to thank him and Grand 
Scribe N. for undertaking this by no means easy journey. I am sure that 
everybody was delighted to see E. Comp. Sir George Boag who is himself 
so very well known in India and we are grateful to him for further 
cementing what we hope will be good relations between this Grand 


Chapter and the nevt Grand Chapter of India by installing their new 
First Grand Principal." 

Sir George is an honorary member of the Grand Chapter of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario. 

The following statistics are also of great interest: 


1954 1955 195G 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 

London 672 681 684 691 692 699 703 704 711 714 

Provincial 1509 1524 1532 1543 1552 1562 1577 1591 1606 1631 

District and Abroad .. 310 314 321 327 331 333 331 332 335 337 

2491 2519 2537 2561 2575 2594 2611 2627 2652 2682 


1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 
Issued at Freemasons' 

Hall . 6000 5988 5976 5962 5919 6046 5P45 6002 6161 5795 

Issued by Grand 


Abroad 1032 964 878 1019 858 916 866 1011 1111 969 

7032 6952 6854 6981 6777 6962 6811 7013 7272 6764" 

The following is also observed with significance: 

"The Committee's attention has been drawn to the tendency to elect 
to Honorary Membership Companions who might find it difficult to con- 
tinue to pay even a country member's or non-dining subscription, but 
have in no sense qualified for such honours under the terms of Rule 167, 
Book of Constitutions, which, in the absence of a Royal Arch Regulation, 
applies to Chapters as well as to Lodges. This practice is strongly de- 
preciated. The compliment of Honorary Membership should be granted 
only in recognition of distinguished service. 

"The Committee wishes to point out that Honorary Membership is a 
distinction conferred by a Chapter on an individual." 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and the 
Dominions and Dependencies of the British Crown 

Regular Quarterly Communications were held at the Freemasons' 
Hall, London. 

Grand Master: M.W. the Rt. Hon. Lord Harris, M.C., V.L. 

Deputy Grand Master: R.W. Maior R. L. Loyd, O.B.E., M.C. 

Grand Secretary: R.W. Lt.-Col. J. W. Chitty, M.B.E. 

The following quotation is worthy of interest: 

"All the Brethren stood in order whilst the Grand Director of Cere- 
monies proclaimed the investiture and installation of M.W. Bro. the Rt. 
Hon. Lord Harris, M.C, V.L., as Grand Master, as follows: 

"Be it know that the Right Honourable GEORGE ST. VINCENT, 
BARON HARRIS of Serjngapatam and Mysore in the East Indies, and 
of Belmont in the County of Kent, upon whom has been conferred the 
Decoration of the Military Cross, a Knight of Justice in the Grand Priory 
in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. 
John of Jerusalem, formerly Captain Her Majesty's Territorial Army; 
Bachelor of Arts of the University of Oxford; in the Commission of the 
Peace and Vice-Lieutenant for the County of Kent; Past Grand Warden 
in the United Fraternity of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Eng- 
l?nd; Past Grand Scribe Nehemiah in the Sunreme Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons; Grand Master, and Knight Grand Cross, in the 
Great Priory of the United Religious and Military Orders of the Temple, 
and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta: Grand In- 
spector-General 33°, and Inspector-General for Kent in the Ancient and 
Accepted Rite; Past Provincial Grand Master for Kent, and Past Pro- 


vincial Grand Master for Surrey, etc., etc., etc., has been installed as the 
Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master 
Masons of England and Wales and the Dominions and Dependencies of 
the British Crown, whom may the Great Overseer of the Universe long- 

"The Most Worship Grand Master was saluted under the direction of 
the Grand Director of Ceremonies. 

"M.W. Grand Master: Brethren, I thank you for your kind saluation 
and I greet you well. I can only assure you that I will do my utmost to 
forward the best interests of the Order during the coming year and I will 
try to justify your trust. 

"Brethren, I have much pleasure in announcing that R.W. Bro. 
Major Loyd has kindly consented to act as Deputy Grand Master for the 
coming year. He and I have been in double harness for a good many 
years, and I am very delighted that he is going to take on the office for 
another year at any rate." 

The Proceedings of June 9, 1964, contains a most informative report 
of a delegation from this jurisdiction to Rhodesia and South Africa. 


The 117th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Florida was held at Pensacola on May 20 and 21, 

Chapters 47; membership December 31, 1963 — 9,654; net gain 175. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Martin Nissen Gerhard. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Nelson Morrison. 

The Grand High Priest's address is proof of his devotion and loyalty 
to the Royal Craft and his optimism is refreshing, as will be seen by the 
following excerpt: 

"Companions, it is very gratifying for me to be able to report to you 
a substantial gain in our membership this year. This in a large measure 
was due to our Three Year Plan, with the concerted effort on the part of 
all the Companions and Sir Knights. 

"We have accomplished here in Florida that which has been the 
dream of our sister jurisdictions (YORK RITE UNITY). Much of the 
credit for the ground work of this is due to our Past Grand Officers. 

"Reports from my District Deputies and Grand Officers indicate 
that there is increased enthusiasm in our bodies throughout the State._ 

"Companions, the eyes of our sister jurisdictions of York Rite 
Masonry are on us, for our two Astronaut Classes, the like of which had 
never been heard of before. Companions, we can be justly proud. 

"There is one thing, however, I feel that we must give greater at- 
tention and that is our suspension for non payment of dues. We work 
hard to get a petition for a candidate. Do we then ignore him or make 
him feel welcome? Have we made the meeting interesting? Have we 
been a Companion to a Companion ? I know we can do better. 

"York Rite is on the march in Florida." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Henry Ashton Brosnaham Jr. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Nelson Morrison. 


The 8th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Germany was held at Munich on April 18, 1964. 

Chapters 18; U.D. 2; membership December 31, 1963—1,024; net 
gain G6. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Varick Steele. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. John G. Warren. 


The following: history recorded in the Grand High Priest's report is 
of interest: 

"The commencement of modern Royal Arch Masonry in Germany 
can be traced to a visit to Germany in 1949 by Past General Grand High 
Priest Ray V. Denslow. During this visit several Master Masons ex- 
pressed interest in the Royal Arch Degree and Companion Denslow, who 
had been invested with authority to confer the degrees upon eligible 
brethren, did confer the Chapter degrees upon the following four candi- 
dates: Dr. Theodor Vogel (then Grand Master of the United Grand 
Lodge of Germany), his son, Wolfgang Vogel, Karl Nuckell and Dr. Paul 
Ehmke. On 10 July, 1951, a Treaty of Amity was signed by the United 
Grand Lodge and the representative of the General Grand Chapter, 
thereby establishing a firm and legal basis for the eventual establish- 
ment of Royal Arch Chapters on German soil. 

"On 21 October, 1953, a charter was issued by the General Grand 
Chapter for a Chapter in Frankfurt to be named 'Living Arch Chapter.' 
Shortly thereafter charters were issued to 'The Bridge Chapter' in Berlin 
and to 'Adam Kraft Chapter' in Nuernberg. Thus in February, 1955, the 
basic requirements for the formation of a Grand Chapter had been met 
with the Constitution of the Third Royal Arch Chapter in Germany. It 
should be pointed out that the membership of these three Chapters was, 
at the time almost exclusively of German nationality. 

"In September, 1956, these three Chapters petitioned the General 
Grand Chapter for a Grand Charter. As M.E. Companion Denslow was 
planning to be in Germany during the middle of September it was decided 
to form the Grand Chapter of Germany at that time. Accordingly, on the 
15th of September, 1956, the Grand Chanter of Germany was formed in 
Frankfurt. At the same time two additional Chapters, 'Alpine' (then 
called 'Kaufbeuren') and 'Heidelberg' were issued dispensations. 

"Since that historic date the Grand Chapter of Germany has pros- 
pered and has shown a significant gain in membership in every successive 
year. During the seven and a half years since the formation of the 
Grand Chapter the preponderance of the membership has changed from 
German nationality to American. Of the three German Chapters which 
originally formed the Grand Chapter only one, 'The Bridge' Chapter No. 
2 in Berlin shows a predominantly German membership. Unfortunately 
this Chapter has drifted into inactivity and will likely be dissolved in 
the near future." 

He also stated: 

"I would like to briefly mention the subject of correspondence with 
Constituent Chapters. The Grand Chapter is best able to serve you if it is 
aware of your particular problems. I have learned that some Chapters 
have had difficulty in opening or conferring the degrees because of in- 
sufficient attendance. If the Grand Chanter is informed of the fact that 
you intend to confer degrees and require assistance a summons will be 
issued to each Chapter in your vicinity and to all Grand Chapter officers 
to attend your Convocation, if at all possible, and to render every possible 
assistance. Every Chapter has neriods of low attendance due to rotation 
of military personnel. Every effort should he exerted by the Constituent 
Chspters and by the Grand Chapter officers to support one another dur- 
ing th^se slack periods. A letter to the Grand Secretary will suffice. . . 

"The concluding portion of this report will deal with recommenda- 
tions for the future. 

"Since its inception the Grand Chapter of Germany has been plagued 
with inaccurate reports from the Constituent^ Chapters. In almost all 
cases these errors are traceable, not to inefficierces on the part of the 
Chapters, but rather to the virtually indecipherable Annual Report form 
presently issued by the Grand Chanter. This form is so obtuse that even 
efforts to explain the proper method of its use becomes hopelessly in- 


"Assuming that few Chapters are blessed with tax experts and pro- 
fessional mathematicians it is imperative that this form be drastically 
revised and simplified. 

"Another item which I feel should receive immediate attention is the 
preparation of a High Priest's kit which would be sent by the Grand 
Chapter to each High Priest upon notification of his election. This kit 
would contain, among other things, a list of all Chapters under the 
Grand Chapter with current addresses, a Handbook for Royal Arch 
Masons, a Directory of Royal Arch Chapters throughout the world, a 
listing of all material available from or through the Grand Chapter and 
personal letters from the Grand High Priest and the Grand Secretary. I 
believe such a kit would significantly assist a newly elected High Priest 
in assuming the duties of his office/' 

The Grand Secretary reported: 

"We started 1963' with 18 Chapters and 958 members and ended the 
year with 20 Chapters (2 U.D.) with 1,024 members, an increase of 2 
Chapters (U.D.) and 66 members. During the year, 150 members were 
exalted, 46 members were affiliated, 1 member restored, 59 members 
were demitted, 2 members died, 92 members suspended, no members ex- 
pelled and a 19 member correction was made to our 1962 annual returns, 
which gave us an over all gain of 66 members. There were 11 Chapters 
which showed gains for a total gain of 92 members, 6 Chapters showed a 
total loss of 26 members. Die Bruecke and Keystone Chapter are having 
trouble in getting the required number of Companions to attend meetings 
so that they can legally open their Chapers. Adam Kraft Chapter had 
the same trouble at the end of the year, but under the able leadership of 
H.P. Barney Davidson has come up with a new surge of life. On the 
bright side Arabian Chapter has increased their membership 34 per cent 
or a gain of 26 members, giving them a total of 102 members. This has 
been done in the short span of three years. We now have three Chapters 
with membership over 100." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Varick Steele. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. John G. Warren. 


The 56th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Idaho was held at McCall on May 20 and 21, 1964. 

Chapters 21; membershio December 31, 1963 — 2,950; loss 36. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Arthur M. Roberts. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. R. R. Fletcher. 

The Grand High Priest expressed excellent thoughts in his address 
to the Companions and the following is particularly important: 

". . . Second, I felt, and feel, that there is much to be done to 
publicize and to bring our institution into high regard in the various 
communities of Idaho, and to me this presented a stimulating challenge. 
This challenge is a several sided one, including: The dissemination of 
knowledge about ourselves and our beliefs and accomplishments; the 
building of our image in the communities of the state in such a favorable 
light that non-Masons are attracted to membership in the craft, and so 
that our brothers in Ancient Craft Masonry are attracted to the Royal 
Arch; conducting ourselves and carrying on our work in such a manner 
that our own membership will wish to be a nart of and participate in our 
activities, and the promotion of activities which will make us esteemed in 
the society in which we live. An additional challenge is contained in 
getting knowledge of these several things before the public. I firmly 
believe that the day on which we boasted that our son or our brother's 
son did not come into the lodge until middle age because he did not know 
that no one would ask him is past. I further believe that we are not, and 


should not be, a 'secret society'; a society with a few, a very few, secrets, 
but not a secret society. 

"My aim and goal this year has been to do something' about the 
image of Capitular Masonry along- these lines. How well I have succeeded 
remains to be seen in next year's reports of the condition of the Order. I 
am afraid not too well since I have talked to less than 10 per cent of the 
Companions in my official itinerary. To some I have talked several times 
and most of them are here today. The difficult part lies in getting to 
and inspiring, if I am inspirational to anyone, the remaining 90 per cent 
of our membership whom I have never met. There must be a way. The 
greatest problem before us is to find the way. Certainly nothing is more 
satisfying than when a group is enthusiastic. The problem is to build up 
the enthusiasm necessary to get the job done." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edmund E. Simmerman. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Rolland R. Fletcher. 


The 115th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Illinois was held at Chicago on May 15 and 16, 1964. 

Chapters: Active 176, vacant 113; membership December 31, 1963, 
28,519; net loss 992. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ralph P. Hornbuckle. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lyle R. Melvin. 

The Grand High Priest's address reveals a busy term of office and 
deservingly so received the plaudits of his Companions for his contribu- 
tion to his Grand Jurisdiction. I quote the conclusion of his address: 

"To me this has been a fascinating year — and one of great enjoyment. 
Several of the things I had in mind when I took office have been done — 
much remains undone. 

"I am a fortunate man. Masonry has been good to me, by giving me 
friends, and by giving me many happy memories that will be treasured 
all my life. 

"I am persuaded that the Grand High Priest needs at least three of 
the attributes assigned to the banners, namely, the strength of a lion, 
the patience of an ox and the swiftness of an eagle in order to properly 
do his job and to satisfy the many demands on his time. The remaining 
attributes may be taken for granted. 

"Somebody once said — 'There are no endings, only new beginnings.' 
In that spirit do I bring to a close this term as Grand High Priest and ask 
for my successor that same spirit of enthusiasm, that same spirit of co- 
operation and that same spirit of brotherly love that it has been my good 
fortune to receive." 

The address of the Grand Chaplain is a potent one and contains 
many gems of Masonic wisdom and space precludes reference to them; 
however, his conclusion should be adopted by all, and I quote: 

"The torch of Free Masonry in its various branches was handed to 
us by men from the past who loved it and found in it something that 
meant a good deal to them. They worked hard to keep it alive and in- 
crease its effectiveness. Our job is infinitely more difficult than was 
theirs, for our times are more complex and demanding than were theirs 
because of the dizzy pace at which changes are taking place. It is up to 
us to breathe new life and meaning into our fraternity by making it work 
outside the lodge room. Masonic light must shine into the life of every 
Mason who needs our fraternal concern, and each member must be the 
reflector which puts that light where it belongs." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Oscar W. Ankarberg. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lyle R. Melvin. 



The 108th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Iowa was held at Marshalltown on April 10 and 11, 1964. 

Chapters 91; membership December 31, 1963—15,322; net loss 263. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Victor L. Allbee. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Ross J. Camblin. 

The Grand High Priest, in his address, made the following recom- 

"From the work which the Grand Chapter officers have done this 
year in the Districts assigned to them I believe that the District Divisions 
should be continued as set up last year as it is still the best contact we 
can have with the individual Chapter. 

"I would like to see more knowledge of Royal Arch Masonry and 
what it means brought to, not only Royal Arch Masons, but also to the 
Blue Lodge members in particular. 

"I believe that the Royal Arch Magazine should be sent to all new 
Master Masons for at least six months to better acquaint them with York 
Rite Masonry. 

"In observing the work in some of the Chapters over the state and 
the effort used to try to teach ritual to the Chapter officers I believe that 
ritualistic work could be better served if the Board of Custodians would 
set up a program which could be used continually over the years rather 
than try to use a program set up by every new Grand High Priest, which 
of necessity usually ends with his term of office." 

And concluded as follows: 

"And now that my term of office is ending I will still be a member 
of the Craft and in that capacity I will look forward to continuing to 
participate in the labors of the Craft and will be happy to perform any 
part of the work which may be assigned to me, even the most humble, to 
the best of my ability. 

"Experiences are wonderful 

and of life a vital part, 
And they will live forever 
within the human heart. 
I would not take a fortune 

for the joys along the way, 
Nor for the kind expressions 
and the smiles of yesterday." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. D. W. Rayburn. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Ross J. Camblin. 

Ireland (1963) 

The February, May, June and November Stated Convocations of the 
Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland were held at the Free- 
mason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin. 

Grand King: M.E. Comp. Sydney Hanna. 

Grand Registrar: R.E. Comp. James O. Harte. 

The Grand King in a letter to the Grand Registrar stated, and I 
quote in part: 

"Whilst in London in February for a conference with representatives 
of the Grand Chapters of England and Scotland about Indian Royal Arch 
Masonry we had the pleasure of being invited to the consecration of St. 
Alfege R.A.C. No. 4,637 by the Grand Scribe E. of the Grand Chapter of 
England. It was an intensely interesting and impressive ceremony and I 
much appreciate the gesture of the Chapter in inviting me to become an 
Honorary Member. 

"As will be read in the Report, the Grand Chapter of India has come 
into being, and I wish the Companions of our Chapters who have opted to 


join in its foundation and those Companions who have decided to remain 
with us all good fortune and happiness in their work for Royal Arch 
Masonry. . . . 

"The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Instruction has also had a very 
satisfactory season's work and I am greatly indebted to all those Com- 
panions who labour for the improvement of our ritual." 

The following quote is also of interest: 

"Following upon the formation of the Grand Lodge of India a Sub- 
Committee was set up by its Board of General Purposes to draft a Con- 
stitution for a Grand Chapter of India. Draft Laws and Regulations for 
the proposed body were submitted from which the following points 

(a) It was not intended that Royal Arch Chapters should be attached 
to lodges, but that they should be wholly independent and answerable to 
Grand Chapter only. 

(b) As in the case of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, certain 
offices in the Grand Chapter would be constitutionally linked with the 
equivalent offices in the Grand Lodge, and no Companion would be eligible 
for the office of Chief Scribe or higher in a daughter Chapter who had 
not been installed as Master of a lodge holden under the Grand Lodge of 
India or some Grand Lodge recognised by it. 

(c) In almost all other respects the draft regulations followed closely 
the form of those at present in force for the Supreme Grand Chapter of 

"The four Irish Chapters in India were requested to ballot on a mo- 
tion to consider their wishes in the matter of joining the Grand Chapter 
of India. The results reported to Supreme Grand Chapter were as follows: 

"R.A.C. No. 18, New Delhi, and R.A.C. No. 382, Calcutta, opted to 
join the Grand Chapter of Ireland." 

It is interesting to read the reports of the respective District Grand 
Chapters and I quote from some: 

". . . An analysis of annual returns from Chapters shows an overali 
reduction of 18 in the strength of the District. Though small in compari- 
sion to the total strengh in the District this trend is in the wrong direc- 
tion and if allowed to continue could become quite serious. It would ap- 
pear to arise largely through the failure of some Chapters to overcome 
wasteage by the introduction of new members. I have brought the matter 
to the notice of all Chapters and I believe that, realising their responsi- 
bilities, the matter will be remedied in due course. The strength of the 
majority of Chapters is sufficient for economic purposes and such as to 
make practicable the existence of that closer tie which should exist be- 
tween members of this Order. A few Chapters have less than 30 members 
and these have been encouraged to increase. At the other end, 14 Chap- 
ters have a membership of over 70 each, which increases the duties of the 
Registrar and tends to defeat the object of intimate fellowship. I have 
suggested that these Chapters should limit intake or consider forming a 
second Chapter where numbers and conditions warrant so doing. . . . 

"I am glad to report that efforts being made in Chapters towards 
reducing the disturbing amount of arrears shown in previous years is 
now reflected in the latest returns from many Chapters and I hope that 
sustained effort on his matter will soon remove these unsatisfactory 
figures from our annual returns. 

". . . Progress is the only alternative to decay and I exhort all 
Companions to work individually and through Chapters, Inspection Com- 
mittees, Classes of Instruction, Charity Committees or office in Chapter 
or District Grand Chapter to ensure that we maintain and increase 
present standards." 

"I am pleased to be able to report that the membership shows a sub- 


stantial increase. This is all the more gratifying when one recalls that 
many members attend regularly, even though they reside at considerable 
distances from their respective subordinate Chapters." 

Grand King: M.E. Comp. Sydney Hanna. 

Grand Registrar: R.E. Comp. James 0. Harte. 


The 146th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky 
Royal Arch Masons was held at Louisville on October 26, 1963. 

Chapters 95; membership September 30, 1963 — 14,865; net loss 259. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Curtis B. Feltner. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles K. A. McGaughey. 

It is interesting to observe that the Grand High Priest in his address 
stated in part: 

"... I am very happy to report to you that our efforts this year 
and the Educational Program, which we started only this year, have been 
responsible for halting our drop in membership. Our loss this year was 
less than last year, so let us hope we have at least stopped the downward 
trend in membership and dedicate ourselves to helping more and more to 
the upbuilding of our Grand Chapter. 

"This completes 40 years of Masonic work for me, but as I stand 
before you today I can assure you that I will continue to be active in 
Capitular Masonry. There is so much that needs to be done by us, to let 
our neighbors, town, state and all the world know what we believe in and 
stand for; I know no batter way than for each and every one to live their 
Masonry, if we do this we will not have to worry about members. 

"Let me again thank each and every one here present for your help 
and advice and allowing me the honor of being associated with such a 
great group of Masons. There is none better any where. To the incoming 
officers I offer you my understanding and assistance in any way I can 
serve you. Just let me know, I will serve faithfully to the end. As you 
know by now I am not very good at delivering a speech, to me they are 
not important as working in Masonry, as our work speaks louder than 
words. So I would like to leave you with this: Let's all work more and 
talk less; it is my opinion we will accomplish more by doing ths." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William B. Boswell. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles K. A. McGaughey. 

Kentucky (1964) 

The 147th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, 
Royal Arch Masons, was held at Louisville on October 20 and 21, 1964. 

Chapters 95; membership September 30, 1984 — 14,794; net loss 71. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William B. Boswell. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles K. A. McGaughey. 

The Grand High Priest in his address made the following potent ob- 
servation : 

"We have not accomplished as much as I had hoped; but whatever 
has been accomplished I give the credit to the Grand Line Officers, In- 
spectors and the good workers scattered over the state. 

"Our Educational Program is a good but expensive one. If more 
Chapters will participate we will eventually have a gain in membership 
and this gain should be this coming year. We have reduced our loss from 
256 to 71, for which I am very thankful. I believe that more festivals will 
increase our membership. 

"There is so much to be done and so few laborers. May we have more 
laborers this coming year. Let us who labor do our best to get our young 
brothers interested in Capitular Masonry. If we do not, Capitular 
Masonry will decline when we older ones must cease to labor. 

"The principles and the work in Masonry are worth while and good. 
Why do so many fall by the wayside so soon ? Were they Masons in the 
beginning? I will say not at heart. No real Mason falls by the wayside 
while able to assist in this great and good work which our forefathers 
have handed down to us for our pleasure and enjoyment. 

"My 1 take this privilege to thank all who have assisted in our year's 
work, be it a success or be it a failure. 

"I have not visited as many Chapters as I intended. Most of my 
visitations have been with the smaller Chapters who needed assistance. 

"I have conferred all of the capitular degrees this year for different 
Chapters. If you did not get my assistance it was because you did not 
seek it. 

"All the bodies of Masonry work for a worthy cause. Let us labor 
diligently to advance Masonry this coming year." 

That Grand Secretaries have difficulties is seen by the following 
extract from the report of the Grand Secretary: 

"Companions, I am happy to be able to give you my 18th Annual Re- 
port. I am very well pleased to be able to tell you that I can report on 
each and every constituent Chapter within this Grand Chapter. However, 
getting some of them in on time is rather difficult and I feel sure that I 
should now inform some of the representatives that their Secretary has 
not completed his correspondence on some of the returns and until that 
correspondence is answered there is no way that we can make the calcula- 
tion to complete that Chapter's particular payroll. Letters asking for 
this information run from August 18 through September 5. In each case 
questions were asked that concerned the membership of one or more 
members who, in the distant future, could be caused severe embarrass- 
ment if the proper information is not received in this office." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Otho F. Ward. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles K. A. McGaughey. 


The 117th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Louisiana was held at Shreveport on March 9 and 10, 1964. 

Chapters 63 ... membership December 31, 1963'— 10,317; net loss 29. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ambers Jackson Lewis. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris. 

That the Grand High Priest served his term with dedication and 
zeal is perhaps best shown by the following part of his address: 

"The fleeting sands of time have again brought to a close another 
year around us. How swiftly the time has passed! It seems only yesterday 
that you conferred upon me the highest honor in your power to confer, 
and, with that honor, a great responsibility. I shall ever be grateful to 
you for this great honor. I accepted this responsibility as a challenge and 
with all the optimism I possessed. My enthusiasm has not dwindled but 
on the contrary has grown stronger in these fleeting months. Truly the 
last twelve months have been the most memorable of my life. Not because 
of the great honor of representing you as Grand High Priest, but because 
of the great challenge and opportunity to use the experiences of those 
who have gone before me in order to advance Royal Arch Masonry in any 
way possible. With those experiences as guideposts it was and is my 
desire to bring or to help bring this Order to the forefront as has not 
been possible before. 

"There has never been a time in your life or mine when the very 
existence of this fraternity has been so confronted by unfriendly foes and 
forces that would seek to devour and exterminate it from the face of the 
earth. These forces face us from within and from without. Never before 
has there been a time when our fraternity had a greater need for our full, 


devoted dedication to those principles upon which Royal Arch Masonry is 
founded in order to assure for ourselves and our children a place in the 
world of tomorrow. 

"Dedication must come from men like you who are in attendance at 
this meeting. It must come about through good leadership, cultivation 
and a desire to give service to something which you believe to be worthy. 
To cultivate, one must work; and work is an act or deed of performing, 
which accounts for the slogan used in our program this year. 

"Whether or not our program has met with your expectations or 
mine insofar as exaltations within a given time is of no consequence. The 
matter of greatest importance is, 'Are we awake, and do we realize the 
necessity of our dedication at this hour?' " 

And again: 

"It is with real humility that I make this, my address, to you, my 
friends. It is with pride that I look back on the months past and realize 
the goals that have been accomplished through your unswerving loyalty 
and courage. It is with thanksgiving that I am aware of the groundwork 
that has been laid down before me that has made some of these things 
possible and most of all it is the assurance that the Creator of all man- 
kind will give to us as we seek it the means to accomplish greater things 
in the future. 

"I challenge you, each and every one, to work as never before toward 
the goals that are set before us in the coming year. I challenge you, 
each and every one, to give of your best. It is only in this way that Royal 
Arch Masonry will reach the heights to which it is by its very concepts 
destined to lead us — to a better way of life for all generations to come. 

"As we traveled over the state preaching the gospel of exaltations, 
good work, leadership, dedication and all the other virtues that would 
make a Chapter become a real live Chapter we have been favorably im- 
pressed with those who took our message as a challenge, the result of 
which is recorded. We have noticed activity in Chapters this year that 
have for several years remained dormant or inactive. We, on the other 
hand, watched Chapters fail to meet the challenge of the hour and to go 
about their usual way of unconcernedness, continuing to show losses. . . . 

"It is my considered opinion that Capitular activity is increasing- 
over our state, and if all Companions will lend a helping hand to those 
dedicated Companions who work so diligently in the quarries then there 
can be no doubt that Royal Arch Masonry will again blossom and shed its 
fragrance upon those who would and should proudly wear the Triple- 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. R. Thomas Pursley. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris. 


The 139th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Maine was held at Portland on May 6 and 7, 1964. 

Chapters 69; membership March 1, 1964—11,347; loss 207. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Horace A. Pratt. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earle D. Webster. 

The Grand High Priest, in his address, reported, and I quote: 

"Our membership figures continue to follow the pattern of recent 
years, with a net loss of 207 during the past year. Although we try to 
comfort ourselves with the thought that this loss may represent 'dead 
wood' and that we should be concerned with quality rather than quantity, 
yet we wonder whether each one of us is doing his best to see that 
worthy Master Masons around us become aware of the benefits we have 
to offer. 

"Small attendance at meetings is still a matter of concern. Inspec- 


tion reports this year show an overall average attendance of 17.1. How- 
ever, sixteen Chapters averaged twelve or less. 

"Some of our Chapters find it very difficult to find officers. In many 
Chapters past High Priests are depended upon greatly to fill the chairs. 
Some Chapters frequently fail to hold meetings for lack of a quorum. 

"Can it be that we are becoming indifferent as to whether we exist 
or perish? Do some of our officers fail to accept the responsibility that 
goes with the office? Do our Companions fail to attend meetings because 
we have nothing of interest to attract them ? 

"Such may be the case in certain Chapters because, on the other 
hand, we have several Chapters where the officers are enthusiastic, the 
ritual is good, the candidates are plentiful and the attendance is fine. 
Three Chapters reported average attendance last year of 35, 37 and 40 

"It behooves us, Companions, not to be complacent but rather to 
work hard to obtain candidates, to perform excellent ritual work for 
their benefit, to make an effort to instruct them and to keep them in- 
terested by giving them opportunity to hold office in due time." 

The Committee on the Condition of the Fraternity reported: 

"If we go back over the figures for previous years we will observe 
that our loss has been steady for the last decade. We reported in 1954 a 
gain of 108 members and a total membership of an even 13,CO0. Since 
that year we have sustained a loss every year, a total of 1,653, despite 
the exaltation of 3,286 candidates. 

"The only remedy within our power seems to be in the matter of 
suspensions and reinstatement. During the past ten years we have sus- 
pended for non-payment of dues 1,361 Companions and have only re- 
instated 239. Have we made a sincere effort to get them to stay with us 
or to apply for reinstatement? 

"The reason for these suspensions on the part of our constituent 
Chapters is readily apparent as we cannot carry non-paying members on 
our books to the financial embarrassment of our Chapters and at the 
expense of our dues-paying Companions. 

"Your Committee suggests the following remedies: 

"(1) To have each delinquent member contacted either in person or 
in a personal letter by the Secretary or by a committee appointed for the 
purpose when dues in arrears build up to a point where suspension is 

"(2) To have closer cooperation between Secretaries of Chapters 
and the Recorders of other bodies which require good standing in the 
Chapters to continue membership on their rolls." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Linwood E. Temple. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earle D. Webster. 


The 41st Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Manitoba was held at Winnipeg on February 12, 1964. 

Chapters 18; U.D. 1; membership December 31, 1963—2,383; net 
gain 38. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Walter A. Maguire. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. C. J. Hutchings. 

The Grand First Principal in his address gave what I believe to be 
an example of the devotion and dedication of some of his Companions at 
Flin Flon, namely, Pre-Cambrian Chapter No. 17, and I quote: 

"Nineteen members of Pre-Cambrian were persuaded to make the 
trip and the C.N.R. arranged for a special coach to take them from The 
Pas to Churchill and back. The furniture and regalia was created and 
taken by the Companions to The Pas on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1962, after 
supper. At 9.00 o'clock Friday morning the train was boarded and the 


trip began. From The Pas to Churchill is a long trip, twenty-three hours, 
and there is plenty of time to choose the best players in cribbage, rummy 
and bridge, not to mention a sing-song to the accompaniment of a mouth- 
organ. Churchill was reached at 7.45 Saturday morning and after intro- 
ductions at the station the whole party invaded the Masonic Hall where 
preparations were made to go to work. At 9.00 o'clock the M.M.M. degree 
was started and by noon both the M.M.M. and the M.E.M. degrees were 
completed. A delightful lunch was served at the Churchill Hotel courtesy 
of the Churchill brethren, after which work was again the order of the 
day. The H.R.A. degree was started at 2.00 o'clock and completed by 5.00 
o'clock. A great deal of credit is due to Ex. Companion R. M. Schultz and 
Ex. Companion K. M. Heans, both of Churchill, who made all the arrange- 
ments at the Churchill end and who also took part in each of the degrees 
— they did an excellent job. 

"The furniture and regalia was again crated and taken to the station 
for shipment home and the Companions took leave of their new found 
Churchill friends, pulling out of the depot at 7.15 p.m. The trip back to 
The Pas was again the scene of cribbage, etc., but seme of the pep had 
gone out of the sing-song. The Companions arrived back at The Pas at 
5.15 p.m.. had supper and drove 100 miles to Flin Flon, making home 
by 9 o'clock p.m. A long, long trip but a very successful one and one 
the Companions from Flin Flon and Churchill will remember for years to 

"It is the intention of the Churchill Companions to make an im- 
mediate application for dispensation and under the very able leadership 
and guidance of Ex. Companion R. M. Schultz and Ex. Companion K. W. 
Heans the Chapter at Churchill cannot help but be a huge success in 
every respect. So you see, the impossible only looks impossible, an old 
saying, There is no position however difficult from which dogged resolu- 
tion and perseverence may not liberate you.' And so, with dogged resolu- 
tion from the Churchill brethren and a 1,250-mile trip by the Pre- 
Cambrian Companions to assist with the work, Masonry again moves 
ahead to maintain its principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth to 
new and far away frontiers." 

The Grand Chapter of Manitoba had a most active year and one 
notes the Grand First Principal referring to Grand Chapter Visitations to 
the United Council of Royal Arch Chapters of Minneapolis, Minnesota 
and Grand Chapter of North Dakota, and on each occasion a Grand 
Chapter degree team conferred the H.R.A. degree and at the latter 54 
candidates from various Chapters under the jurisdiction of the Grand 
Chapter of Manitoba received the degree. 

Most Worshipful Brother A. C. Slessor, Grand Master, in his ad- 
dress to the Companions must have left a most profound impression, and 
I quote an excerpt which to me is most significant: 

"One of the things the Craft teachers is moderation, moderation 
even in that which is good. Every life must have in it both light and 
shade; no one who confines his attention to only one or two activities can 
have a balanced life. What can he know of Masonry who only Masonry 
knows? The Freemason who has no life beyond his job and his Craft — 
and there are such men — is neglecting one of his obvious duties, the duty 
of carrying the precepts of the Craft into the world beyond, of making his 
influence felt in the community, an influence inspired and informed by 
the principles and teachings of Freemasonry. We are in some sense a 
closed corporation, but we do not seek to cut our members off from all 
human contact outside the Craft. It would be a sad day for Freemasonry 
if we ever came to judge our brethren on a quantitative instead of a 


qualitive basis. The effectiveness of a brother cannot be gauged by the 
number of his appearances." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. A. E. Jones. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. C. J. Hutchings. 


The 167th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
.Masons of Maryland was held at Baltimore on May 12, 1964. 

Chapters 27; membership March 31, 1964 — 7,363; net gain 12. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Carl J. Wisner. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. D. Ross Vansant Jr. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is one of enthusiasm, an attri- 
bute he obviously possesses, as will be seen by the following: 

"With the help of the Secretaries of most of the Chapters and our 
printer, R.E. Comp. Rocco Bernard, I was enabled to contact almost the 
entire membership of Maryland with a personal request card for their 
attendance. Many came to a Grand Visitation with their card on which 
was printed 'Bring this card to Chapter.' The compliance with my request 
was then rewarded by wages of 'one penny' paid them by our 'pay- 
masters,' Grand Stewards Heinze and Revis. As the craft was paid they 
signed a book giving me the most complete record of attendance of any 
other tour of visitations. Those living too distant to attend were asked to 
visit a near-by Chapter. Ten Companions responded by letter or their 
card certified by the Chapter visited. In each case I sent them a letter of 
thanks with a souvenir coin. This correspondence was then forwarded to 
their respective Secretaries. 

"The schedule of visitations for 1963-64, which was printed and dis- 
tributed, was followed without exception. Twenty-two visits were made, 
nine were to be held jointly with the Grand Council of Royal and Select 
Masters, but the Council was not opened at the Salisbury visit. I feel that 
this joint visitation arrangement was helpful in the absence of the 
Grand Council's presiding officer. 

"According to my records, the average attendance was 47, a total of 
over 1,03*0, and an average attendance of Grand Officers of 13. . . 

"With a net loss of twelve last year and a net gain of twelve this 
year we are standing still. The Chapters were busy again this year by 
exalting 324 Companions, 36 less than last year. We were fortunate that 
deaths diminished and I was pleased to see suspensions reduced by 44. 
But we know there is no standing still; if we are not moving forward wc 
are slipping back. Fourteen Chapters showed a net loss in membership, 
12 a gain, 1 remained the same. 

Two Chapters. Salem No. 18, with a net gain of 51, and Ohr No. 26 
with a net gain of 22. had a 10 per cent increase of members. May we 
have representatives from these Chapters come forward and receive the 
certificates for their outstanding achievement. 

Mount Vernon No. 25, with a net gain of 16, Baltimore No. 40 and 
Tuscan No. 42. with net gains of 14 each, reflected their successful par- 
ticipation in York Rite Class activity. York Rite Festivals are being 
developed and utilized to attract the rising interest in Capitular Masonry. 

"There seems to exist in many Chapters a willingness to attack the 
problems facing them and to direct more o their attention to programs 
of interest. I highly recommend that Thapters undertake worthy projects 
similar to St. John's No. 19. They collect funds and buy TV sets for the 
Kernan Hospital and Druid No. 28 holds a Christmas party at the Chil- 
dren's Hospital. Such commendable activity draws members together as 
a team and receives favorable public notice. Also, much good can come 
from the Chapter attending church in a body. I attended two such ser- 
vices, the First Methodist Church of Hvattsville October 27 and the 


United Presbyterian Church at Frederick on November 3, where the 
Chapters in those areas observed Religious Affirmation Day. The event 
will be covered by that committee's report." 

And also a portion of the report of the Grand Lecturer: 

"Companions, the first thing that comes to my mind as I review the 
happenings in Capitular Masonry during the past year are the leadership 
qualities that were displayed by our G.H.P. It was evident to all who at- 
tended the Grand Visitations that he had carefully planned his year in 
advance. The mitre jewel and plaque which he presented as a personal 
gift to each H.P. were not ordered or prepared the day before each meet- 
ing. The remarks he made when called upon at the various meetings were 
thought about in advance; his willingness to assist when asked and his 
presence at many meetings within and without the state testifies as to 
how seriously he took his obligation when installed as G.H.P. and how he 
lived the job every day of the year. Although he was the youngest Com- 
panion ever to serve as G.H.P., by precept and example, he set a difficult 
pace which should be a challenge to his successors." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles E. Waters. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. D. Ross Vansant Jr. 


The Regular Quarterly Convocations of the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Massachusetts were held on March 12, 1963; June 11, 1963; 
September 28, 1963, and the 165th Annual Convocation at Boston on 
December 10, 1963. 

Chapters 140; membership August 31, 1963 — 23,486; net loss 387. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Stanley F. Maxwell. 

Grand Secretary: M. E. Comp. William F. Clark. 

It is most interesting to observe that for the 115th year a Grand 
Chapter Degree team exemplifies the M.M.M., M.E.M., Past Master and 
R.A. degrees. This reviewer recalls this when has was a guest of this 
Grand Chapter and it left an indelible impression unon him. The Grand 
High Priest, in his address, referred to this as follows: 

"My particular appreciation goes to the men who have worked 
diligently for several weeks rehearsing for their labors of today. The 
exemplification of our Capitular Degrees has been enjoyed by all who 
have been present to enjoy them. This is one of the most loyal and hard 
working group of men I know and no one can take their work more 
seriously than they do. Their devotion to duty and example of leadership 
is much appreciated and it is difficult to find adequate words to express 
my feelings toward each of them." 

He also emphasized, and I quote: 


"This subject is one that I would much prefer not to discuss, but it 
must be a matter of record. This past year we had 270 members take 
dimits and 334 were suspended for non-payment of dues. This is truly 
alarming for it shows that, even though economic conditions may have 
accounted for some, we have apparently failed in our endeavors to edu- 
cate and interest the men who have joined our ranks in the past. In addi- 
tion we have also lost a total of 642 members by death as previously 
related. Exaltations have not kept pace with these disturbing factors and 
so we report a net loss for the year of 387. 

"We have had many fine meetings and have expressed many opinions 
as to why our ranks are diminishing and certainly the support of our 
people in other ways has been exceptional. We now need to rededicate 
ourselves to the lesson of the Most Excellent Degree to 'Dispense light 
and knowledge to the uninformed Mason.' I have said several times and I 
again repeat that I hope you will let my successor enjoy the fruits of 


increased membership. Not for numbers alone, but that we might be 
truly spreading the influence of Masonry in a time when it is sorely 

And finally: 

"I now come to the close of a term of three years of service as the 
head of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts. It has been a 
tremendous and rewarding experience and certainly the pinnacle of my 
.Masonic career. We have tried to live up to the motto of the Triennium 
that 'Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.' I still feel 
the same enthusiasm for Capitular Masonry as when I started. I hope 
that some of that enthusiasm ha<* rubbed off on others in order that 
many projects started may continue for the benefit of Royal Arch 

"I started with a desire to visit every Chapter in our jurisdiction and 
have succeeded with but one exception. I have visited at least once with 
most of our sister jurisdictions with whom we have the closest contact. In 
total I have made no less than 314 visits or appearances in behalf of our 
Grand Chapter and have traveled approximately 40,000 miles. 

And now, in coming to the time when I hand over the working tools 
to my successor I pledge my continued support and effort in behalf of all 
Masonry and for whatever else I can do for the Royal Arch Chapters of 
this jurisdiction as well as for the Grand Chapter." 

At the conclusion of the Quarterly Meeting of September 28, 1963, 
the Grand High Priest made this most potent observation: 

"As we now start a new Masonic year with new officials and fresh 
ideas, we stand at a point where Royal Arch Masonry can move forward 
or retreat. The victorious armies of our Rite have, through the years, 
moved forward. The generations that have gone before us in Free- 
masonry have given us a heritage, just as our forefathers have given us 
this land which we enjoy. We can lose our land quickly by the flip of a 
switch or the press of a button. We can lose our heritage in Masonry by 
complete indifference or by an apathetic unemotional course. 'Nothing 
great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.' The time is now to become 
aware of the fact that we must pass on this heritage to yet unborn 
Craftsman, greater in stature, universally stronger and more flexible in 
ideas than when we received it from our predecessors. The rise or fall of 
Freemasonry, on a local level, depends on each one of us. We cannot give 
up. We must therefore expend to the utmost of our ability in order to 
produce. It is hoped in the year ahead that we may offer leadership which 
will bring us together in a unified effort. If there be any reward that we 
may receive it comes with the friendships that are established as we 
spread the great truths of Masonic heritage to our uninformed brethren." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Archie M. Simons. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William F. Clark. 


The 116th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Michigan was held at Marquette on October 16 and 17, 1964. 

Chapters 146; membership December 27, 1963 — 28,177; net loss 587. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Russell A. Chrest. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Orlow J. Myers. 

The Grand High Priest in his address stated, in part: 

"It has been a busy year for me, yet a rich and rewarding one. One 
filled with the memories of associations with some of the finest people in 
the world, of kindnesses and courtesies, all of which I will long treasure. 
However, when I search back through the record for a listing af ac- 
complishments during this past year I feel very humble indeed. Why? 
Because I have not solved the problems which confront this Grand Chap- 


ter. Loss of membership — demits and suspensions of Companions — the 
inactivity of some of our Chapters and a host of others. 

"I can only offer the hope and desire that some of my efforts in 
behalf of this Grand Chapter have been in the right direction and may 
bear some future fruit. To all of you I would say that it is HERE — in 
our very important deliberations that we must decide whether we pro- 
gress — or slip still further backward. If this body is to long endure — our 
thinking and actions MUST BE FORWARD." 

And in conslusion: 

"To me this past year has been a hectic, fascinating and enjoyable 

"I believe that I am a fortunate man. Masonry has been both good 
for me and to me by giving me friends and a host of happy memories 
that I will treasure the rest of my days. 

"I think though that a Grand High Priest needs at least three of the 
attributes assigned to our banners, namely, the strength of a lion, the 
patience of an ox and the swiftness of an eagle in order to do this job 
properly and to satisfy the many demands on his time. 

"Somebody once said, 'There are no endings, only new beginnings,' 
and in that spirit do I bring to a close this term as Grand High Priest. I 
ask for my successor that same spirit of brotherly love and friendship 
that it has been my good fortune to receive. May God bless each of you." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Dick C. Holihan. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Orlow J. Myers. 


The 103rd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Minnesota was held in Glenwood on October 2 and 3, 1964. 

Chapters 71; membership September 1, 1963' — 15,565; net loss 822. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harold L. Eastlund. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Emil A. Wold. 

That the Grand High Priest had a busy and profitable year is best 
illustrated by the following part of his address: 

"Whatever else can be said for this past year in the way of accom- 
plishments, it certainly can be known as the year of visitations. So far 
as we are able to detect from previous proceedings and personal knowl- 
edge, never have so many Chapters been visited by so many Grand Of- 
ficers as during the past year. Early in my years in the Grand Line I 
determined that by the time I got to be Grand High Priest I would have 
visited every Chapter in Minnesota. This has been accomplished, with the 
exception of two Chapters that are not meeting except on rare occasions. 
In one case I was able to visit with some of the Chapter officers; in the 
other I have not been able to arrange a meeting. 

"What are the values of visitations? For one thing, Masonry is a 
fraternal organization, and one reason men join it is that it gives them 
an opportunity to meet and visit with other men who have similar aims, 
ambitions and ideals. Generally speaking, Masonry represents the cream 
of any community. It numbers among its votaries the men of character, 
the men of judgment, the men of accomplishment, and the men of courage 
which are found in that community. It is reasonable to assume these 
people prefer to meet and visit with other leaders, and generally speak- 
ing, the Grand Chapter officers may be said to be leaders and men who 
are willing to be of service to their fellow men. For another reason, 
visitation tends to broaden the ideas of all of us. We all learn from each 
other, and the more we fraternize the more we spread the accomplish- 
ments of Masonry. Also there is a feeling of belonging, which has always 
been an inherited desire of most of us. We want to belong to the organiza- 
tion that is highly respected, that includes the leading citizens, and we 
want to meet and know the leaders in the organization." 


The following; will also be interesting: to the Companions of our 
jurisdiction, and I quote: 

''There can be no doubting that Capitular Masonry, perhaps all 
Masonry, is facing problems which were not so prevalent a quarter of a 
century ago. Most pressing are those of attendance at meetings and loss 
of membership. Many suggestions have been offered and a few have been 
tried. One item that might step up interest in Masonic activity is this 
matter of publicity. We do not know how many Chapters have regular 
news media for their members such as circular letters, pamphlets, mag- 
azines, etc. Some Chapter officers and interested personnel seem to have 
a knack of getting items of interest in the daily or weekly papers. Ex. 
Comp. Jack Wadley of Duluth seems able to get any number of pictures 
ar.d news stories in the papers there. We have been sent pictures and 
news stories from other Chapters as well. Austin and Albert Lee are two 
Chapters that come to mind on this matter. We believe it is a valuable 
tool in the development of Masonic interest and we urge Chapters to 
make use of it.'' 

And also the following on membership: 

"There are those who argue that today's civilization has not room 
for fraternal societies. They imply that the stratification of society, the 
mobile nature of today's citizenry, the growing community of the aged, 
the tendency for our population to be spectators rather than participants, 
the easy economy so far as personal pleasures are concerned, the highly 
technical nature of the training of a large segment of the population, the 
union replacing the individual in matters of bargaining, are all forcing 
the fraternal organizations to take their places along with passenger 
trains the movie theatre, the steam thresher, plug-cut tobacco and other 
once well known items that have passed the peak of usefulness. 

"Unfortunately there are no ready made answers for our problems. 
As M.E. Comp. Fagerstrom so eloquently pointed out a year ago in his 
address, the organisation that exists mainly to perpetuate itself has 
ceased to be useful. There is more to Masonry than merely listening to a 
repetition of the ritual. To be sure we want members, and we want new 
members, but one of the great goals of Masonry is to instill in the hearts 
and minds of all of its members those lessons and usages which tend to 
make us all better citizens. There CAN be Masonic growth without in- 
crease in numbers, and it ought to be our purpose to so labor and so live 
that the lessons of Masonry are taught to others by the way we show by 
our daily living that Masonry does indeed make for better citizenship. 
Not all of our Masonic conduct should be directed to the life hereafter; a 
good portion of it can serve a wonderful purpose right here on this 
earth." < 

It is worthy of note that the Committee on the State of the Rite re- 
ported, in part, as follows: 

"Recommendations : 

1. That each constituent Chapter have a committee to visit sick and 
shut-in members. 

2. That the officers of each Chapter exert every effort to retain 
present members, perhaps by using the following suggestions: 

(a) Keep all Companions current in dues. 

(b) Personally contact (when practicable) members before striking 
from the rolls for non-payment of dues. 

(c) When a Companion removes to another area and reauests a 
demit, inform the Chapter nearest his new location that the 
Chapter there may attempt to secure his affiliation and he may 
be retained in Capitular Masonry. 

"Candidates are the life-blood of every Masonic order. Without a 
succession of new members in sufficient numbers to offet all losses we 
can go but one way . . . backward. We cannot solicit candidates for 


Ancient Craft Masonry but we certainly can for the Chapter. Every 
Royal Arch Mason has a responsibility to himself and to his Chapter to 
secure at least one Chapter candidate. 

"Acquire the habit of attending your Blue Lodge meetings and 
observe those newly raised Master Masons. They are new and fresh to 
the Masonic way of life. They are seeking more Masonic Light. Offer it 
to them! Sign them up! Keep them moving in Masonry, but give them 
what they pay for . . . good, effective degree work." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edwin A. Lofquist. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Emil A. Wold. 


The 118th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Missouri was held at Springfield on April 28 and 
29 1964. 

Chapters 103; membership December 31, 1963—22,085; net loss 285. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Leonard V. Bowers. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Bruce H. Hunt. 

The Grand High Priest in his address indicated he had put forth a 
tremendous effort during his term of office and was most forthright in 
his report on the Condition of the Rite as will be seen from the following 
extracts : 

"As a result of the visits enumerated above I found the condition of 
the rite much the same as Charles Dickens found conditions when he 
wrote a 'Tale of Two Cities', namely, 'It was the best of times, it was the 
worst of times.' I found that some of the Chapters were in excellent con- 
dition in all respects, that is, they had strong officers, were financially 
sound, were having work and other activities and there was interest 
among the members. 

"On the other end of the ladder I found some Chapters that could 
show no earthly reason for their existence — they were not holding meet- 
ings, the officers were not performing their bounden duties, no petitions 
were being received, financially they were existing from hand to mouth, 
they were not collecting dues, neither were they suspending anyone or 
taking other action towards their delinquents — in other words, they were 
stagnant. In most instances those Chapters were not represented at the 
District meetings, were not and are not represented at the Grand Chap- 
ter convocation. 

"These are the problem Chapters, and while no Grand High Priest 
wants to arrest the charters of these Chapters with resulting loss of 
membership, it is my firm opinion that some sort of program should be 
worked out in the next few years with a view to consolidating the weaker 
Chapters with stronger neighboring Chapters without any loss of mem- 
bership. . . . 

"Why these suspensions? A man joins the fraternity for any of 
several reasons: 1) he has a favorable impression of the fraternity and 
wants to enjoy the fellowship; (2) he is curious and wants to find out 
what goes on; (3) he thinks membership will improve his business; he 
wants to get through in a hurry so he can go on to the other appendant 
bodies. Whatever his reason, we have a duty to give him the best that we 
have as he goes through the various bodies, and many, many times this is 
not done. His first impression many times is not one of admiration but 
rather one of scorn. After he becomes a member all too often we just 
forget him and he therefore has no inspiration to continue his member- 
ship. . . . 

"Of course, one of the biggest items of expense is the enormous rent 
paid by some of the Chapters — the highest is an average of $6.20 per 
member per year, others range from $4.40 to $5.30. This high rent is 
presently necessary for the upkeep and maintenance of buildings that 


require more and more repairs from year to year. In my opinion, any 
building: that gets in the condition of requiring constant nuisance repairs 
should be scrapped just as you would an automobile in such condition. . . 

"Summing up the general condition of the rite, I am convinced that 
it is substantially good throughout the state. As long as dedicated Free- 
masons take part in the deliberations of the fraternity I am sure that we 
will continue to go ahead spreading the message to all who care to hear 
;t and profit by it. The craft has been often in the doldrums in its long 
history, but it has always come back with its banners flying through the 
efforts of the remnant of sincere men who realize its great worth and 
importance to our society. . . . 

"We as Royal Arch Masons own a beautiful ritual. We all own the 
daylight, the beauty of earth, all the sunsets, every flower that our eyes 
see and admire and every song our feathered friends give forth. Where 
appreciation is, there is ownership. No one can be happy for long with 
any possession that he cannot share with others — it would grow dusty 
and useless. This can be vividly illustrated in our own jurisdiction by the 
interest, activity and fellowship of those Chapters which are sharing the 
ritual with others as compared with the apathy, disinterest and neglect 
of those who are keeping it to themselves. 

"We have a great heritage behind us, Companions, and we have a 
great future before us. We can look to our heritage for inspiration to 
have a great revival in Capitular Masonry. We can visualize a bright 
future through the combined efforts of those who love our work and our 
fraternity, and love is something that spreads out with never an end to 
it. W T e can paraphrase the prophet by saying, 'Our old men dream dreams 
and our young men should have visions,' for without visions we will soon 
have no dreams." 

M.E. Comp. W. F. Clark, G.H.P. of the General Grand Chapter, gave 
a most provocative address and I wish space permitted me to quote it in 
its entirety, but some extracts are, I suggest, of practical attention, and 
f quote: 

"In an organization such as Freemasonry built largely on ritual and 
the repetition of certain features, the immediate practice of our rites and 
ceremonies should be of primary consideration. The importance of good, 
impressive work in our Chapters cannot be over-emphasized. It is our 
stock in trade, our exhibit A. Ninety per cent of the time spent at our 
meetings is occupied by degree work. It is the standard by which the 
High Priest and his officers are measured by the members. It is the 
medium through which we hone to communicate the beauty and sig- 
nificance of the great lessons of Capitular Masonry. We want our candi- 
dates to like the Chapter. We want them to attend our meetings after 
they become members, to become active in the work of the Chapter. We 
want them to enjoy their experience so they will be willing and anxious 
to recommend it to their friends. Their entire attitude toward us, their 
future interest, or lack of it, is largely governed by the impression we 
make on them when they receive their degrees. 

"We ask our members to attend our meetings, we implore them to 
come as an inspiration to the officers. The obligation to inspire should 
work the other way. The officers should inspire the members by the 
excellence of their work. I am still old fashioned enough to believe that 
members will go to a Masonic meeting to see good work. I am equally 
sure that poor work will drive them away. Always remember this, your 
members will do what they want to do. They may come once in a while 
if you beg them to attend a special meeting, but if you want them to be 
regular attendants at your meetings show them the kind of good work 
and general deportment in your Chapter that will make them want to 
attend. There is no other way to get them. 

"We hear continually of our Masonic heritage and the efforts we 


must make to preserve it. There are rotable exceptions, of course. I say 
without fear of contradiction that we are very fast sacrificing our 
Masonic heritage on the rubbish heap of poor work. We can get it back, 
but it will take a lot of hard work and a different attitude towards the 
problem than we have exhibited in the past." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Howard F. Kizer. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Bruce H. Hunt. 


The 75th Annual Convocation of the M.E. Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of the State of Montana was held at Butte on June 3, 19G4. 

Chapters 33; membership December 31, 1963—4,896; net loss 43. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Wilber L. Squires. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William A. Thaanum. 

The Grand High Priest had a full and busy term of office and con- 
cluded his address on a note of optimism, and I quote: 

"The Grand Secretary's report will show a loss in membership for 
the year but I definitely am not pessimistic about the future of Capitular 
Masonry in Montana and throughout the world as well. No one could 
have attended the ten District meetings, District Convocations and regu- 
lar meetings throughout the state as I have this year and also had the 
privilege of attending the 1936 triennial and coming in contact with so 
many outstanding leaders in Masonry and not be forcibly struck by the 
interest, zeal and sincerity of so many of our Companions. So long as 
that zeal persists the Royal Arch shall flourish." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Simon P. Freeman. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William A. Thaanum. 

The Netherlands 

The Annual Convocation of the Orde Van Vri.imetselaren van het 
Heilig Koninklijk Gwewlf onder het Groot-Kepittel Der Nederlanden 
(Grand Chapter of the Netherlands) was held on July 1, 1964. 

The Convocation was presided over by Prof. Dr. J. Kok, First Grand 

The Proceedings is completely statistical in content but indicates that 
progress in all directions is being made. 

This Grand Chapter has 14 Constituent Chapters with a total mem- 
bership of 1,023. 

Grand Scribe E.: Comp. K. L. Jacobs, Michelangelostraat 33 hs., 


The 90th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Nevada was held in Elko on June 11, 1963. 

Chapters 9; membership May 1, 1963—1,099; net gain 30. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. John L. James. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. C. A. Carlson Jr. 

The address of the Grand High Priest indicates he had a full year of 
activity. His reference to "Religious Affirmation Day" is worthy of note 
and is as follows: 

"For the observance of this Royal Arch feast day I requested all 
Chapters to observe this day on the Sunday nearest October 24, being the 
date on which the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons was 
organized and the date on which Religious Affirmation Day is held. 

"In all degrees of the Royal Arch the cardinal principles of Free- 
masonry are emphasized — belief in one Supreme Being — the brotherhood 
of man and the immortality of the soul. The purpose of this day is to 
assist in combating totalitarianism, atheism and general indifference to 


the teachings of the Great Light in Freemasonry and generally to en- 
courage church attendance by all Masons as well as those of the Royal 
Arch. All Companions should make 1 a special effort to be in church on 
this day in particular." 

He also recommended the following: 

"I recommend that each constituent Chapter appoint a Membership 
Committee, whose duty it will be to work out plans to increase Chapter 
membership as well as conserve those now on our rolls. We have the 
greatest product in Masonry to sell and the greatest thing in Masonry to 
offer — that is the Lost Master's Word. All we need to do is get out and 
sell. The harvest truly is great, all we need is the working laborers.'' 

His address concludes with the following: 

"As we enter upon another year may every Companion in our Royal 
Craft be endowed with the richest blessings from the Grand Architect of 
the Universe and given strength and wisdom to live our lives so all men 
everywhere may be enriched thereby — ever remembering that the non- 
Mason judges Masonry by how we conduct ourselves as Masons in our 
every-day act and deed, always remembering what our Lord and Master 
Christ said: 'The Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength; this is the first and great commandment, and 
the second is like namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' " 

The address of the Grand Orator contains many gems of wisdom and 
admonition, as will be seen from the following extracts: 

"Freemasons are united into a sacred society of brothers, firmly 
cemented by the bonds of brotherly love, relief and truth. Individually, 
we are taught the highest ideals: Tolerance, Integrity, Temperance, 
Rectitude of conduct. Certainly any society cemented by such sacred 
bonds and with a membership inspired by such high ideals must be a 
great force for good. . . . 

"Companions, as Royal Arch Masons we are in a position to ac- 
complish much toward bringing order out of chaos and peace in place of 
war, or rioting. We hold this position because of the nature of our order 
and our position within it. We are obligated to take a part in the direct- 
ing of this force for good. There is a place for each of us in the promotion 
of the great aims of our fraternity. 

"We must all learn to sell Masonry. As a symbol of all we hold dear 
we must make this effort not only to promote additional membership but 
also to make known to men everywhere the ideals we cherish. . . . 

"When the Grand Master of Masons in Nevada visited at Winne- 
mucca this year he stated it might be well for Masons to consider the 
possibility of creating a university dedicated to the task of teaching the 
principles of good citizenship and morality to our young people. This 
proposition has tremendous potential. It would not only help assure us an 
educated citizenry but would be of great value in bringing the ideals of 
our fraternity to the attention of ail good and true men. 

"These are but a few of the tasks facing us in the days ahead- 
there are many more. There is a job for every Mason — a place where he 
can apply his particular talents to the promotion of our ideals — whether 
it be in the community, the state or national government, the church or 
lodge. The Mason who responds to the challenge by assuming even a 
small portion of his obligations will find that he himself will benefit be- 
cause of his knowledge and appreciation of Masonry will grow." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Antoine Primeaux. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. C. A. Carlson Jr. 


New Brunswick 

The 77th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of New Brunswick was held at Edmundston on June 25, 1964. 

Chapters 12; membership December 31, 1963 — 1,471; net loss 5. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Malcolm F. Eagles. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Ronald D. Baird. 

It is pleasing to note that R.E. Comp. Stanley Portch, an Honorary 
Past Grand Third Principal of the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick, 
was present and represented our Grand Z. and Grand Chapter. 

The Grand Z. in his address reported that he had visited officially 
every Chapter in the jurisdiction and had also made several other fra- 
ternal visitations, and he made the following recommendations: 

"(1) That this Grand Chapter seriously consider affiliation with the 
General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; 

"(2) That the Grand District Superintendent hold more District 
meetings and promote more visits between Chapters; and 

"(3') That each First Principal appoint an active membership com- 

M.E. Comp. Ronald D. Baird gave a stirring address at the annual 
banquet, as will be seen from the following extracts: 

"An old proverb attributed to the Chinese states: 'If you would enjoy 
your meal, do not inspect the kitchen.' In the years since I have been 
associated with the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the Province 
of New Brunswick I have become increasingly aware of the truth of this 
statement. As we walk through the 'kitchen' of our Craft there are many 
sights that have a tendency to upset and disturb the thinking mind. I 
must admit that now and then I have asked myself the question as to 
whether all the time and effort expended as an officer of the Grand 
Chapter is really worth it — but second consideration always produces an 
answer in the affirmative. 

"Certainly there are things within the institution that need correc- 
tion, things that need strengthening, and some things which even need a 
complete change; but at the root of the whole matter there is stability 
and worth. The pressure of 'getting the task done' sometimes conceals 
or at the very least covers with fog the real issues for which we stand 
and toward which we are travelling as sojourners. I firmly believe that 
ultimately we find what we look for in any situation or organization." 

"It seems to be quite popular today to criticize all our established 
institutions. We are always hearing people talk about 'what's wrong with 
this or that.' Perhaps if we in Masonry would get about our business we 
as institutions and as individuals would be so filled with light ourselves 
that the dark shadows of criticism would not be cast." 

"I ask each of you tonight, my Companions, to make a personal 
dedication of yourself to the real key of Freemasonry — to its sun rather 
than to its shadows — a dedication to our human concerns, the real sun of 
our Craft. I am convinced that by putting the first things of Masonry 
first we will not only be making a contribution to our own lives and to 
the lives of our fellow craftsman but to the crying need of the world in 
our day. I must warn you it will take dedication; it won't be an easy task 
to wipe away the shadows which have covered us; it will not be easy to 
get out of our own light and face that sun. We will have to change a 
lot of our current thinking to get that kitchen cleaned up enough to bear 
outside inspection." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Richard B. Anderson. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Ronald D. Baird. 


Now Hampshire 

The 145th Annual Convocation of the M.E. Grand Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of the State of New Hampshire was held at Exeter on May 13, 1964. 

Chapters 26; membership April 1, 1964—3,332; net loss 91. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Gordon H. Baker. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hiram W. Johnson. 

The address of the Grand High Priest indicates he had a busy term, 
notwithstanding the demands of his private avocation. It is interesting- 
to observe that among- his recommendations we find the following: 

"That this Grand Royal Arch Chapter, as soon as possible, procure 
the National Flag of our Companions from the Canadas so that it could 
be in the East at our Grand Convocations with our own Stars and Stripes. 

"In conclusion, as my term of office draws to its end, may I say that 
this has been a memorable year that I shall never forget. If I have done 
one little thing that merits your approbation I shall feel highly rewarded. 
Membership is still a very great problem. The average age of our mem- 
bers is not conducive to a gain in membership, but as I have traveled 
over the state I think we can see a ray of light in that there are more 
younger men joining our fraternity. They are the life blood of any order." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Melvin E. Downing. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hiram W. Johnson. 

New Jersey 

The 107th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of New Jersey was held in Trenton on May 2, 1964. 

Chapters 51 and 1 U.D.; membership April 24, 1964—8,158; net loss 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. J. Howard Haring. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry R. Pine. 

The address of the Grand High Priest proves that he devoted his 
time and talents unstintingly to the responsibilities of his high office. It 
is important to note that under the heading of "Condition of the Rite" he 

"Royal Arch Masonry in New Jersey for the eleventh straight year 
has taken a loss in membership, in common with almost every fraternai 
organization. It might not be out of place to look at our Order in per- 
spective. How can we assure the continuance of the precious heritage 
which has been handed down to us ? Many of our citizens look upon Free- 
masonry as a secret society, confining all its activities within the walls 
of the Lodge or Chapter. Suppose our forefathers in Masonry had por- 
trayed that image — there would have been no Boston Tea Party, no Paul 
Revere, no General Joseph Warren as we know them today. Think on 
these things, Companions. We teach the fundamental and exalted prin- 
ciples of truth, justice, honor and character, but very little concerning 
their application in an era when values are sadly confused. We should 
instill in our members a greater appreciation of the freedom we enjoy to 
worship God according to our personal beliefs — men free in the pursuit, 
of life, liberty and happiness. These freedoms were of paramount im- 
portance in the minds of those Masons who helped write the Constitution 
of our country. This is the time that we should pay heed to that Biblical 
admonition: 'Let your light so shine before men that they may see your 
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' 

"How can we increase our membership? All the officers and com- 
mitteemen of Grand Chapter have devoted the entire year in trying to 
solve the perplexing problem of membership and to lay a firm foundation 
for those who follow. The various means suggested to attract new mem- 
bers are clearly outlined in the report of the Grand Chapter Committee 
on Membership. This committee has done a tremendous job in preparing 
and distributing to each Chapter most helpful suggestions on how to plan 


the work of the year, particularly on how to increase their membership. 
All present and future officers of our Chapters would do well to study 
and apply the programming ideas contained in these valuable papers." 

He also stated: 

"The records speak for themselves. In 1921-22 New Jersey Royal 
Arch Masons numbered 13,146, including a gain of 2,543 Companions 
that year. This year the membership is 8,158 after a loss of 249 is de- 
ducted. Regardless of this present condition I am optimistic and have no 
fear of extinction. You know there is such a thing as an irreducible 
minimum. When that day of house cleaning comes I believe that we can 
be a vital, motivating force in the world. This we know: there never was 
a more opportune time for the members of our great fraternity as in- 
dividuals to proclaim to the world our firm belief in the principles of life, 
liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as guaranteed the individual by 
the Constitution." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. G. Norman Schleinkofer. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry R. Pine. 

New Mexico 

The 67th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of New Mexico was held at Roswell on May 18, 1964. 

Chapters 15; membership December 31, 1963 — 3,462; net loss 26. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Frederick W. Blocksom. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Elmer H. Riemen. 

Some excerpts from the address given by Most Worshipful Brother 
George 0. Thorne, Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico, are par- 
ticularly worthy of practical study, and I quote: 

.". . . Certainly we need willing workmen laboring in the quarries; 
we have them. We need these things if we are going to accomplish effec- 
tively, efficiently and harmoniously the goals that we have in reaching 
that one common goal of us all, the brotherhood of man under the fellow- 
ship of God. If we are to make our Freemasonry really meaningful to all 
of us and to those about us and if we are to make our Freemasonry work 
we need in times such as these to stop for a moment and contemplate, to 
recognize anew that we must be willing as individuals to accept our ob- 
ligated share in the responsibilities we have. In other words, my brethren, 
what you and I as individuals are at any moment of time, what you and I 
as individuals are willing to do at any given moment in time will depend 
in great measure and in the final analysis that will determine the health 
and the growth and the prosperity and the future of our family of Free- 
masonry. It applies not only in our cities, it applies in our state, it ap- 
plies in Freemasonry throughout the world. 

"Speaking before the Grand Lodge of Manitoba some years ago 
M.W. Past Grand Master Clyde Hageman (?) of Minnesota made refer- 
ence to the words of the Apostle Paul when he said that no man liveth 
unto himself alone. He went on to cite that there are three basic chal- 
lenges today upon which is built the important premise that every in- 
dividual Mason is important. The first of these is that a Mason is a man 
of ideals. Every Craftsman when he first enters his symbolic lodge, his 
mother lodge, and before he has taken even a dozen faltering steps, 
utters solemn words which confirms his faith in Deity, a profession of 
faith in the Supreme Creator, a covenant, if you will, with Almighty God. 
It follows then, don't you think, brethren, that if we are to meet this 
challenge certainly a Mason must be a man of high ideals. One of these 
ideals is integrity. This, brethren, is a matter of full time responsibility, 
for a man of integrity is a man with one loyalty, but three loyalties com- 
bined in one, first a loyalty to his God, then a loyalty to his fellow man, 
then finally loyalty to himself. We cannot be honest with our God unless 
we are honest with our neighbor and with ourselves. 


"Another ideal is rectitude of conduct; a third is temperance; another 
is tolenrance, that quality of respect for the other man's point of view. 
As we meet in assemblies such as this we may find occasions to disagree 
one with the other but do so in loving tolerance. 

". . . If our family of Free Masonry is sure of the place where it is 
standing we can, as we have done in the past, move the world. Yes, a 
Mason is a man of conviction. 

"Finally, the third challenge: a Mason is a man of service. If we are 
men of ideals and if we are men of conviction, to what extent then do we 
use these potentials to be of service not only to ourselves, one to the 
other, but to those about us in the great family of God." 

And finally: 

". . . So I say to you, dear brethren, keep lighting your lights of 
ideals; keep lighting your lights of conviction; keep lighting your lights 
of service and others will always know just where you have been in 
Freemasonry and in your community. 

My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done, 

Leave countless marks for good or ill ere sets the evening sun. 

So this the wish I always wish, a prayer I always pray: 
Let my life help the other lives it touches by the way." 

The Grand High Priest's address indicated that he had applied him- 
self diligently and unceasingly to his tasks, but he had this to say about 
membership and its losses: 

"I regret to advise you that our state has followed the trend in 
nearly every Grand Jurisdiction and we show a net loss of 26, leaving 
membership as of December 31, 1963, at 3,461. True we exalted 85 Com- 
panions, affiliated 19 and reinstated 26, but we lost 61 by death, 23 of our 
former Companions saw fit to ask for their demits and 74 allowed them- 
selves to be suspended for non-payment of dues. Companions, something 
is wrong when 97 of our members will either ask for demits or allow 
themselves to be suspended for non-payment of the very nominal dues 
which our Chapters charge. I do not know the answer to our problem, 
but as I have said at several of the Chapters during my visits, if we 
really believe in York Rite Masonry, if we honestly think every Master 
Mason should take the York Rite, then we will talk and live York Rite 
Masonry so that all of our friends that are Master Masons will be 
petitioning our bodies for the degrees and our membership will be 90 
instead of about 26 per cent of our Blue Lodge membership. . . . 

"Our heaviest loss is from suspension for non-payment of dues and 
we have a lot of former Companions around the state that should still be 
members and I hope that all of our Companions will do their very best to 
contact their friends who have been suspended and try to get them to re- 
instate. If each Chapter had managed to get two more former Com- 
panions to re-instate or talked two Companions into paying their dues 
instead of allowing them to be suspended, then we would have shown a 
gain stead of a loss. That does not seem to me to be an impossible task, 
not if everyone will work at it just a little. 

"Companions, though I am disappointed in our numerical showing 
for 1963, I am an optimist. I expect better things for our Rite during the 
coming years." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Chester A. Floyd. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Elmer H. Riemen. 

New York 

The One Hundred and Sixty-seventh Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York was held 
in Albany on February 6 and 7, 1964. 

Chapters 209; membership December 27, 1963 — 29,623; net loss 


Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Victor A. Fields. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George A. Lambert. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is proof of his knowledge of 
Freemasonry and its purpose and reveals the diligent and untiring efforts 
he put forth to discharge the responsibilities of his high and important 
office. I quote excerpts from it which I believe should be studied care- 
fully by all: 

"Our use of titles in the Masonic Fraternity suggests that a member 
of the Craft should be recognizable by some uncommon quality that 
would distinguish him from the rank and file of humanity. But Masons 
lay no claim to this distinction. We belong to mankind and our devotion 
to the Masonic ideal is also a devotion to the aims and purposes of all 
humanity. We are all seeking spiritual growth and a standard of perfec- 
tion to live by. 

"Our degrees teach us, symbolically, all the living virtues: strength 
of character, education, self-expresison, the opportunity of serving others, 
self-mastery and, ultimately, the realization of the never-failing in- 
dwelling presence of God. In this final realization we are termed 'Exalted 

"Freemasonry is both an art and a science. Art in that it emphasizes 
the uniqueness of man and the freedom of each individual to interpret 
life as he sees it, to grow in the direction of his own conscience. Science 
in that it sets forth the precise study of the laws of God and Nature as 
they pertain to the life and growth of the individual and the betterment 
of mankind. These laws are inexorable, as we all know. To obey them is 
to live life victoriously. To ignore or violate them is to flounder through a 
maze of mischance, error, frustration and failure. 

"In other words, we need to study the laws of successful living. 
Masonry teaches them to us — by direct information, by the symbolism of 
ritual and by the fine example of others who have learned these lessons 
through their own studies and the pursuit of the Masonic ideal. 

"But let us not forget that as we progress in this endeavor we also 
assume the obligation to impart light and information to others. It is the 
obligation of every man to help his fellow man and this is a philosophy 
of the spirit that extends beyond the confines of the Masonic lodge and 
into the world itself. Our daily lives are affected by it. Who was it that 
said: 'I would not give a farthing for a man's religion unless his dog ana 
his cat were the better for it' ? 

"Helping others is the story of civilization. It is the growth of man 
from primitive savagery to refinement and culture, and we are a product 
of it. It is true, of course, that in modern times we face different con- 
crete problems than did our ancestors. But our basic teachings are the 
same and we need to adapt them to modern needs. 

"In the light of today's thinking we are still taught to lead a tem- 
perate life, to be charitable, to reject discrimination and intolerance. We 
are taught the futility of mere pomp and show, of material advancement 
for its own sake. These teachings are applicable today as they were 
centuries ago. We seek the riches of the Spirit; we hold that the inner 
qualifications and not rank or title distinguish a man and Mason. 

"No one who has taken all his degrees and attained the exalted 
position of a Royal Arch Mason can fail to comprehend the rich instruc- 
tion that is contained within the fabric of our fraternity, in all its 
symbolism, in its precise and formal ritual, in our lectures, ceremonials, 
obligations and avowed purposes. We are still following the path of 
Truth and seeking more Light in Masonry. But it is a neverendmg- 
journey and, like evolution, it continues into infinity. 

"All the complexities of life that we encounter are but the out- 
picturing of the Divine plan whereby each one of us is given the op- 


portunity to find his own way, at his own pace and through his own 
thinking- toward the ultimate Truth that embraces us all. 

"We don't all have to think alike. That would immerse us in a 
totalitarian concept which would destroy the individuality of man and 
reduce us to nondescript fragments of humanity in a congealed mass 
called 'society.' What a defeat for the Masonic Ideal and what a period 
of darkness for the race of man that would be! 

"We will have none of that. Our direction is toward the opposite 
goal. We are seeking Light, not darkness. We travel toward Truth, not 
ignorance, toward individual growth and self-deteremination, not tyran- 
nical dictatorship and the effacemer.t of individuality. Let us begin, then, 
by expunging prejudice and intolerance in our own Craft, whether it be 
racial, religious or ideological. It is unmasonic. . . . 

"My purpose has been strong this year toward awakening a better 
understanding of the internal problems of this Order. And to that end I 
have devoted myself mainly to bringing forth a recognition, a reaware- 
ness, of the basic principles of our fraternity. For as I progressed in the 
Grand Line I became more and more convinced that most of our problems 
stem not from lack of members, lack of funds or lack of effort — but 
from deviation of purpose, our drifting away from principles. The only 
lack I found was lack of understanding — of the Masonic ideal. Our un- 
conscious surrender to the worldly pressure of material events and our 
giving in to expediency — these were our primary faults. What is easiest 
to do has apparently become what is proper to do. 

"Nothing could be further from the truth. I am reminded that growth 
of character is often attended with hardship and that the rigorous battles 
of living are often but a proving ground for the strengthening of the 
spirit of man, for strengthening his determination to reach certain goals. 
'The best steel comes through the hottest fires,' they say. The staunchest, 
steadfast devotee of Truth is often subjected to the fiercest ordeal and 
controversy. But the ultimate result is what counts. Not the expediency 
of temporary ease, comfort or convenience but the steadfast adherence to 
principal that will withstand the assault of any of the three ruffians of 
doubt, venality and love of power. 

"We all have had to encounter these ruffians in our lives. They are 
the temptations that assail us. But we have been taught to stand fast on 
the Truth, to adhere to principle, even at the sacrifice of material things. 
Companions, we are not living just for today or tomorrow — but for 

"It is not always easy to think thus. But the challenge of victorious 
living is in the ability to overcome opposition and to find steadfast sup- 
port in the knowledge of the Truth. . . . 

"My motto this year has been 'Look to the Rock whence ye are 
hewn' (Isaiah 51: 1). It is the rock of spiritual Truth from which we 
derive our strength. We all wish to live the fullest possible lives. But in 
doing so let us not sacrifice our spiritual values. Through them we live in 
eternity. Through material thinking we become temporal beings only. 
That is why I adopted this motto. . . 

"I tried to meet complaints with an attitude of Masonic friendliness, 
wherever possible, and to leave contentment where I found distress. This 
did not mean a supine yielding to pressure. There was none of that. It 
does not require hypocrisy to settle a dispute amicably. Nor does it mean 
that you are soft and weak because you tried to help someone else solve 
a tough problem, even though it did not involve you at all. 

"It all adds up to spreading goodwill and Masonic fellowship and 
trying to strengthen the bonds of our fraternity — a much-needed welding 
together of the spirit of Freemasonry with bonds of brotherly love. 

"Love, after all, is the unifying principal of the universe and we all 
need to learn more about the art of loving our fellow men. Brotherly love 


is one of our Masonic tenets and is second only to the Fatherhood of God. 
In the recognition of one we also realize the other and in practical living 
we must learn to apply both concepts. It is like cause-and-effect. How 
can you have one without the other? What a perversion of nature when 
people prefer to hate rather than to love, to generate ill-will rather than 

"If our fraternity is growing it is thriving on this principle of 
brotherhood. Naturally a cooperative spirit must prevail. You must help 
others and in doing so you will be helping yourself. But the motive must 
remain pure. You don't help others with self-seeking in mind. Do it with- 
out the hope of fee or reward and your rewards will surely come. 

"If, on the other hand, our fraternity is showing signs of decline it is 
because we have abandoned our Masonic principles. Even though we may 
still call ourselves Exalted Companions many of us have lost our forward 
vision, our spiritual insight, our humility and, in many instances, we 
have become self-seeking and arrogant instead of loving and cooperative. 
We forget that it is he who humbles himself who will be exalted. 

"Where do petty animosities fit in? They don't! These are attributes 
of small-minded men. Angry argument, criticism, jealousies and resent- 
ment do not belong on the Masonic scene. They are products of selfish 
thinking. The Truth of Zerubbabel cries out against them. The Master 
Mason must first have mastered himself or he is not a Master Mason at 
all. How many of us, then, are Masons in name only? Do we live up to 
our teachings, our landmarks and our ideals ? 

"As your Grand High Priest it is my duty to read and expound the 
law. I take this charge seriously. Do you ? . . . 

"Let us remember that we have a cumulative heritage whereby we 
build on the foundations others have laid before us. This means that as 
we enter any position in life we have at our command all the benefits and 
improvements made by others without cost to ourselves. But our in- 
heritance places us under an obligation: that we in turn make excellent 
our goal so that we may leave an even richer heritage for the future. 
The only way we can pay our debt to those who preceded us is by making 
the world a better place to live in for those who follow us." 

It is also significant to observe that the Committee on Tubercular 
Relief reported: 

"Since Grand Chapter undertook relief work in 1924 there has been 
expended for relief of tubercular Royal Arch Masons and their dependents 
a total of $142,771.85." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Sylvanus F. Nye. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George A. Lambert. 

New Zealand 

The 72nd Annual Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of New Zealand was held at Palmerston North on February 12, 

Chapters 99; membership September 30, 1963—8,088; gain 29. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. H. R. A. Vialoux. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. W. G. Webster. 

The address of the First Grand Principal is one of wisdom and 
forthrightness, and I quote: 

"I have visited every District within the jurisdiction and have found 
the work of the Chapters to be of a high standard, which to my mind is 
the result of the enthusiasm of the Companions for the work of our 

"I was particularly struck with the attendance at the meetings at 
which I attended, especially in the smaller districts. There I found that 
the percentage of their own members attending the meetings was very 


high indeed, which is evidence of the real companionship which exists 
between the Companions of those Chapters. 

"I feel it my duty, however, to draw attention to two matters. I do 
this deliberately and after due consideration, first because this will be the 
last opportunity of addressing you as your First Grand Principal and 
secondly that I hope that those who follow me may feel it their duty to 
face up to the responsibility of doing something to rectify the tendencies 
to which I now draw attention. 

"First I detect, a tendency to bring into Masonic life certain com- 
mercial practices such as puffing up and advertising the work of the 
craft generally and some of its officers in particular. 

"To those who can see no harm in this I would remind them that 
Masonry is a system of morality based upon true charity and as such we 
endeavour to impress upon our members the necessity of applying that 
system to their commercial and domestic lives and not vice versa. To 
those who have forgotten the real meaning of charity and are inclined to 
think that charity is being synonymous with the giving of money. May I 
suggest that they re-read and study the definition of charity contained in 
Paul's epistle to the Corinthians. 

"Remember, Companions, that dignity and respect for a man flow 
from his practice of the principles of Freemasonry and not from his 
popularity nor his advertising the fact that he is a Freemason. 

"The other matter to which I would draw attention is the excessive 
amount of visiting which members of the craft are called upon or are 
expected to do. True it is that we are enjoined to visit one another. But 
when this is carried to the extent that members are away from their 
homes and families most nights of the week then I think that is wrong 
and something should be done to rectify the position. I speak with some 
experience in these matters. I have had complaints from women regard- 
ing their husband's continued absence from home on account of Masonry, 
leaving them at home alone to attend to their homes and families. 

"Apart from that I am convinced that we are losing men who would 
otherwise be attracted to and grace our craft but who are deterred from 
doing so because of the mistaken belief that to belong would entail an 
undue interference with their business, domestic and private lives. I 
know of some young men whose fathers' continued absence from home 
during their infancy has deterred them from joining our ranks. . . . 

"It is a significant fact as an analysis of the figures show that in the 
country districts the percentage of Master Masons who join the Royal 
Craft is extremely high, whereas in those districts where there are 
numerous lodges the percentage of Master Masons who go on to take 
their Royal Arch degrees is in some cases low and in one or two in- 
stances extremely low. 

"I trust that having drawn attention to these matters which I feel 
are of importance to the welfare of the craft in general that some steps 
will be taken to remedy the position." 

It is also interesting to note the following: 

"In submitting the twenty-third Annual Report on behalf of the 
Scholarship Committee I am pleased to report we have had another good 
year, both with regard to contributions from affiliated Chapters and in 
the number of scholarships awarded. We did not quite reach the figures 
attained last year, but 18 scholarships were awarded, with a total ex- 
penditure of £975. Of the 18 scholarships six were for university education 
and 12 for secondary education. Ten were given in association with 
Grand Lodge, nine were new awards and nine were renewed . . . 

"We have had some very encouraging reports not only from our 
present scholarship holders but also some to whom we have previously 
given assistance. One of these is now lecturer in agricultural science at 
Montreal University and another is making specialist studies of virus 


diseases at the University of Kohn in Western Germany. Such outstand- 
ing results prove the value of our Scholarship Fund." 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. E. Clince Little. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. W. G. Webster. 

North Carolina 

The 142nd Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
North Carolina was held at Greensboro on March 24, 1964. 

Chapters 42; membership December 31, 1963—8,022; net gain 99. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Eli Troy Regan. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles C. Ricker. 

The Grand High Priest in his address reported the "State of the 
Craft" as follows: 

"In 1963' we had 371 exaltations, 25 admitted and 30 reinstated for a 
total gain of 99. Our losses included 41 demitted, 124 for non-payment of 
dues and 157 by death. 

"The final report showed that of the 41 Chapters of the Grand Chap- 
ter, 20 showed gains, 19 showed losses and two finished the year with 
losses equal to gains in membership. In most cases this report reflected 
the type of work done and the interest manifested in North Carolina. 
This upper bracket is what Past Grand High Priest Strause referred to as 
'The High Lights of York Rite,' and to have the privilege of witnessing 
these leaders confer the work will also impress you. 

"There is nothing wrong with York Rite in North Carolina that work 
will not cure." 

The General High Priest in his remarks again emphasized the im- 
portance of good work, as will be seen by the following excerpt: 

"We know, of course, that Masonry is supposed to build character in 
men. We know, of course, that we are supposed to learn to be charitable 
toward brethren and toward the world in general. I still say that one of 
the most important things that you have to do in Masonry is to present 
the work of our beautiful degrees in an acceptable, in a very high-type 
manner. Your jurisdiction, I am sure, is just like all others. You have 
Chapters that do excellent work, but you probably have some that do not. 
I am sure that we could never be satisfied until we are sure that no man 
will ever come into a Chapter and receive anything but the finest pres- 
entation of the work. Men vary, their talents differ. Not all men are 
actors or orators, but any man will be perfectly acceptable if he will do 
his best. If he will try as hard as he can to commit the ritual to memory, 
to deliver it in an interesting and impressive manner, I am sure that we 
will accept him if he will do his very best." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lorenzo H. Wall. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles C. Ricker. 

North Dakota 

The 75th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of North Dakota was held at Grand Forks on March 19 and 20, 

Chapters 22; membership December 31, 1963 — 2,685; net loss 24. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Helmer Mohagen. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clifford E. Miller. 

The Grand High Priest obviously had a busy term of office and 
made some significant remarks in his address, and I quote: 

"When a Grand High Priest accepts the office and begins to draw his 
designs upon the trestle board, he is ever mindful that what he does and 
what he says will be recorded and laid up in the archives to be reviewed 
and commented upon by all posterity. In writing my address and to avoid 
unjust comment I have adopted as my guide the wise words found in an 


old Sioux Indian's prayer. 'Until I have walked in my brother's house for 
two years I will not criticize.' . . . 

; '0n our 75th year we find that we are again showing- a small loss. I 
regret to report that there seems to be either a lack of interest on the 
part of some Companions or else they have extended themselves on other 
commitments with the thought of leaving the promotion of Capitular 
Masonry to someone else. It would seem in this day and age when we have 
so many time-saving devices that we should have more time to devote to 
organizational work. However, it is not so. We are creatures of habit and 
conformitv. This is not bad, but it is not good either, for we need a 
more concentrated effort on the part of all Companions working as a 
unit if we even hope to change the downward trend to an upward trend 
in membership. We are surrounded by luxury. We are not happy. We 
keep looking more and more for the time when we can live the 'life of 
Riley' than of doing something" worthwhile for others." 

Likewise, the Grand Secretary made some profound observations, 
and I quote: 

"On the occasion of our Diamond Jubilee Convocation it would be a 
fine thing if one could sound the definite note of optimism when he dis- 
cusses the matters of membership and finances. We do not intend to 
dwell upon the dark side of the picture, for we have made progress these 
last few years, even though we have shown a loss in membership. May we 
suggest that we count our blessings and fervently thank God that we are 
still in a land where men are free and where freedom is still a watch- 
word. Masonry exists only in the free world. That being so, does it ever 
occur to you that it is a high privilege to be a part of an organization 
which professes and emphasizes the right of men to be free, and then 
again always remember that privileges and freedom do carry heavy re- 
sponsibilities. We shall be worthy of our inheritance only as we under- 
stand and measure up to our responsibilities as free men and Free- 
masons. The individual who lightly considers his Masonic membership 
and affiliations is apt to be indifferent to those social, political and re- 
ligious ideals and principles which are, and forever will be, the founda- 
tions upon which a stable and progressive civilization is built. 

"There is need of a revival of a Masonic appreciation and enthusiasm. 
We must never think that strength of necessity means numbers or big- 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Duane H. Engebretson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clifford E. Miller. 

Nova Scotia 

The 95th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Nova Scotia was held at Halifax on May 20, 1964, and at St. 
John's, Newfoundland, August 3 and 4, 1964. 

Chapters 27; membership December 31, 1963—2,829; net loss 87. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Frederick Charles Morrison. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell. 

The devotion and dedication of the Grand High Priest is shown m 
the following extract from his address: 

"Although the year shows a loss of 87 in membership I believe that 
the past year has seen a strengthening of our position in Capitular 
Masonry. I have felt that it is the duty of the elected officers of this 
Grand Chapter to make visits to designated Chapters during their year 
of office. During my first year of office this was carried out with great 
success. Every Chapter received official visits from at least two Grand 
Chapter officers and in many cases from three. I was able that year 
personally to visit every Chapter. During the past year the same request 
was made of my Grand King and Grand Scribe, who visited the Chapters 
assigned to them and brought messages of encouragement and instruc- 


tion. This year I managed to visit all but two Chapters besides my many 
other duties and visitations as your Grand High Priest. I feel that a new- 
spirit has entered the hearts of our Companions. I had the opportunity to 
witness the conferring of many degrees and it was a pleasure to see the 
excellence of the work. Candidates entering Capitular Masonry are ac- 
customed to a high standard of ritual and ceremonial work in their 
lodges. They expect it in their Chapter. I would also suggest that the 
High Priests of each Chapter consult with his council and draw on their 
strength to provide meetings which are planned so that Companions will 
feel that it is worthwhile to attend. I have also noted the large number of 
candidates who have shown an interest in Chapter. It is up to us to show 
our interest in them, not only within the Chapter room but without.'' 

One of his recommendations should be noted and emulated by all 
Royal Arch Chapters, and I quote: 

"Your Grand Chapter has again taken another step in providing 
assistance to the blind of our jurisdiction, as the report of the Fund of 
Benevolence will show. A number of Chapters have undertaken some form 
of activity outside the Chapter such as contributing to the welfare of 
orphan children, setting up scholarships for worthy young people in need, 
spreading good cheer at our Masonic Home, etc. There are many fields 
open where Chapter members can make good use of their talents in 
spreading Masonic charity. I would like to see each Chapter consider 
some project which will benefit his brother or ease his suffering." 

The following is also of great interest: 


"A large number of Companions from the Chapters in Newfoundland, 
from the mainland and distinguished guests from the United States as- 
sembled in St. John's to attend the Ninety-Fifth Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia and the One Hundredth Anniversary 
of the formation of St. John's Chapter No. 579 (later Shannon Chapter 
No. 9 G.R.N.S.) by the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. 

"The programme opened Saturday evening, 1 August, at 6.00 o'clock 
with High Tea at the Masonic Temple at which M.E. Comp. B. R. Taylor, 
P.G.H.P., presided. Following the usual toasts to the Queen and the 
President of the United States, the Companions were warmly greeted by 
F.C. Bro. Hon. Joseph Smallwood, Premier of Newfoundland and 
Labrador, who delighted the Companions in an address studded with 
characteristic Smallwood sallies. . . . 

"Sunday morning, 2 August, the Companions attended divine service 
in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 11 o'clock. The service was con- 
ducted by the minister. The first lesson was read by M.E. Comp. F. C. 
Morrison, G.H.P., and the second lesson by R.E. Comp. the Rev. R. T. 
Mercer, Grand Chaplain. The most impressive service in its entirety was 
telecast over the St. John's TV station and received many favorable 
comments from the large TV audience. . . . Following the service the 
M.E. Grand High Priest laid a wreath on the War Memorial on King's 
Beach. Wreaths were also laid by the District Grand Superintendent at 
the grave of E. Comp. Hon. Moses Munro, first H.P. of Shannon Chap- 
ter No. 9, and bv the High Priest at the grave of E. Comp. James Shan- 
non Clift. first Principal of St. John's Chapter No. 579." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. E. B. Tucker. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell. 


The 148th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Ohio was held at Dayton on October 7 and 8. 

Chapters 215; membership August 31, 1964 — 64,457; net loss 952. 


Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James W. Ferguson. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Paul G. Lutz. 

This reviewer noted with regret that for the first time in many 
years our representative near the Grand Chapter of Ohio, M.E. Comp. 
James A. Gorham, was unable to be present. I have most pleasant and 
inspiring recollections of my associations with this great Royal Arch 
Mason, both at his Grand Chapter Convocations and ours, and wish him 

The address of the Grand High Priest was inspiring and thought 
provoking, as will be seen from the following excerpts: 

"World conditions, economic conditions and social conditions are 
continually changing day by day. All these have or will affect this 
Grand Chapter and we must stand prepared to meet these changes and 
continue to work and build — to the end that the lessons of our Order 
will so inspire our Companions that they will become a stronger and 
more vital part of the society of the world in which we live and not be- 
come apathetic to the every-day occurrences which sometimes appear to 
be sapping away the very freedoms that ths founders of both our nation 
and our fraternity established for us and for which so many of our 
brethern and Companions gave their very lives. We must work to the 
end, through the lives we live and nourished by the lessons of our Order, 
that those with whom we meet and associate will look to us as the leaders 
of our beloved fraternity with admiration and will be desirous of fol- 
lowing in our footsteps in greater numbers — for remember that our 
labors and the labors of those who follow will not be completed until all 
men believe in the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. 

"Yours and mine then is not a simple task and is not one which will 
be completed in one term or in our lifetime, but we must accept the chal- 
lenge here and now and dare not continue to be apathetic to the problems 
which confront us today. We must, and I believe we will, reverse the loss 
of membership which has been prevalent during the past several years — 
not only in this Grand Chapter but in Freemasonry throughout the 
world. Freemasonry is not our religion but we must be religious in our 

". . . However, this Grand Chapter should not be suffering continual 
losses in membership in a time of population and economic growth such 
as we are experiencing today. If our losses were weighted by the popula- 
tion boom of the country today we would understand the seriousness of 
the situation. 

"A body such as ours could be likened to a physical body. Continual 
loss of weight in a physical body says to the medical mind that something 
serious is taking place. You, the subordinate bodies, are the cells of vital 
organs of this grand bcdy. Our continual losses then would indicate that 
there are many subordinate Chapters that are. if not ill, at least not 
healthy. Through observation it appears that this condition is caused by 
the following — perhaps not in the order — but for the same reasons: 
—DISINTEREST— POOR PROGRAMING. Other reasons could be men- 
tioned but the above I believe to be the most important." 

"Throughout the year I have spoken in most all sections of this state 
dwelling on the fact that one cannot stand alone — it takes TWO. If you 
will review your life and keep the number TWO in your mind you will 


understand about what I speak. Even to the very creation of this universe 
there were TWO, the Creator and the Creation. Day and night. 
Day and night. 
Sun and moon 
You and your church 
Teacher and student 
Land and water. 

"It does take 'two' — man and woman — sow and reap — food and 
drink — youth and age, life and death. It takes 'two.' 

"In permitting me to be your Most Excellent Grand High Priest it 
took 'two' — one to serve and the Grand Body to be served. May I then, 
finally, say to all — no matter how small or large your Chapter; no mat- 
ter how important or unimportant your station, it does take 'two,' for 
greatness consists not in holding some office — greatness really consists 
in doing some great deed with little means, in the accomplishment of 
vast purposes from the private ranks of life, that it TRUE GREATNESS. 
He who can give to his people better streets, better homes, better schools, 
better churches, more religion, more of happiness, more of Freemasonry, 
more of God, he that can be a blessing to the community in which he 
lives today will be great anywhere, but he who cannot be a blessing 
where he now lives will never be great anywhere on the face of God's 
earth. We live in deeds, not in years; in feelings, not in figures on a dial; 
in thoughts, not breaths. We should count time by heart throbs in the 
cause of right. He most lives who thinks most, who feels the noblest and 
acts the best 




"Today's success or failure is tomorrow's history. What kind of 
historv are we making? Remember, it takes 'two' — FREEMASONRY 
and Y : OU. This Grand Chapter and you." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest — M.E. Comp. Joseph Alexander. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Paul G. Lutz. 


The 75th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Oklahoma was held at Western Hills Lodge in Sequoyah State 
Park on April 7 and 8, 1964. 

Chapters 40; membership December 31, 1963—6,886; net loss 181. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Jack Freeman. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. F. M. Lumbard. 

The Grand High Priest of this jurisdiction had many attributes but 
courage and devotion seemed to dominate, as will be seen from the fol- 
lowing excerpt from his address: 

"Last April I was confronted with a big decision. My wife was in the 
hospital recovering from a second back operation and would be in a brace 
for the remainder of the year. I was Worshipful Master of my Blue 
Lodge and a patient in Heart Research at the Oklahoma Medical Research 
Foundation. What should I do ? I remembered the impression at my first 
entrance into Masonry the importance given to prayer, 'That no man 
should ever enter upon any great and important undertaking without 
first invoking the blessings of Deity.' My prayer was then for strength 
to meet the challenge and ability to make some personal contribution. 

"With God's blessing, guidance and protection I did my best to serve 
to the utmost of my ability. I traveled three times as many miles this 
year than previously and made many local meetings not mentioned. I 
served earnestly and zealously and many times at a sacrifice to myself 
and family. I say this not for sympathy but with the hope that my 


precept and example might be some inspiration to you the leaders of 
today and tomorrow. 

"Realizing that our strength and our hope is in the well informed 
Masons, I continued throughout the year to admonish all to improve in 
.Masonic knowledge. My motto was 'Study, plan and work to promote 
York Rite Masonry." 

It is Interesting to observe that this Grand Chapter has an Educa- 
tion Loan Account with a balance of $34,228.87. 

An address by Comp. the Rev. J. Whitcomb Brougher contains much 
food for thought, some of which is as follows: 

"How can you expect to do what will bring success if you do not 
know what it is that will bring success? How can you expect to be happy 
in life if you don't know what will make you happy? You have got to 
have the mental ability to distinguish between right and wrong, what 
will help you and what will hurt you. You say that is just an old fashioned 
conscience. Yes, but we do not have old fashioned consciences any more, 
we hive modern conscience. The old fashioned conscience told you when 
you were doing wrong, the modern conscience tells you when your neigh- 
bor is doing wrong! We can all tell that. God gave you a conscience and 
you can develop it or ignore it and lose it. Remember this if you do noi 
remember anything else I say — You use what God has given you or you 
lose it. . . You can develop a conscience to know Masonry; you can de- 
velop a conscience to know good Masonic conduct and activity; you can 
develop a conscience to know what is good for your Chapter and your 
Council; you can develop your conscience to know what is good for any- 
thing. . . . 

"I promise you that if you go after any good thing in Masonry you 
have the blessing of God and with energy and enthusiasm you will get 
what you go after. . . Friends, we are going to live the life that we 
live; we are going to live the Councils we build, the Chapters we build 
and the Masonry we build; the state that we build and this life is ours. 
God has given it to us, let us live so that tomorrow we will be glad we 
lived today." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp, R. F. Kendall. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. F. M. Lumbard. 

It is most regrettable to note that M.E. Comp. R. F. Kendall passed 
to the Grand Chapter above only two weeks after his installation and we 
express our condolences to the Grand Chapter of Oklahoma. 


The 103rd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Oregon was held at Bend on April 15 and 16, 1964. 

Chapters 46; membership December 31, 1963 — 7,864; net loss 237. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Claude F. Sanders. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. T. Stanton Ford. 

The Grand High Priest in his address and under the heading of 
"Condition of the Rite" was most forthright, and I quote: 

"As I have stated before in my talks at District meetings and at 
other meetings of Royal Arch Masons, there is nothing wrong with the 
Capitular Rite of Freemasonry, but there is definitely something wrong 
with the individual members of this Rite. 

"For one thing, we have lost pride in our Masonic membership. We 
have traded the ideals and principles of our heritage for the more ma- 
terial things of life and have put the pleasurable way of our society be- 
fore brotherhood. 

"We are also afraid to take a definite stand, as men and Masons, on 
any controversial question. In other words, Companions, we won't stand 
up and be counted, even when the tide of public opinion is running 
against our very way of life. In our complex society of today this lack of 


interest has its effect on our very existence. This is reflected in every 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Oregon. If we are to continue as a 
force for good then it's time we went back to the source of our Masonic 
foundation; back to our Blue Lodges and start working anew. The Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons has a loss of 252 members this year, due 
to death over which we have no control, and to drops for non-payment oi 
dues, over which we do have some control. 

"It seems unrealistic to me to find one Chapter in the state that has 
dropped 38 members and another 15. When M.E. Companion Sawyer ad- 
vanced his program for recovery of members dropped for non-payment 
of dues, by presenting a plaque, I watched the results with a great deal of 
interest, but did not continue this program to see if the effort he put 
forth would continue to bear fruit. From the report of the past year it 
would seem that the Chapters have forgotten the lesson and reasons he 
tried to impart. It is my firm belief that this loss can be controlled if 
each Chapter would expend a little effort toward this problem. Don't 
expect your Secretaries to do all the work. Each Excellent High Priest 
should be interested in this condition and do something about it. 

"Ours is a silent Rite. We are not too well publicized. In this some 
effort should be made to let the Blue Lodge members know of our Rite: 
what we do and the ideals that make up York Rite Masonry. Each one of 
you can help by becoming active in our Blue Lodges. The best public re- 
lations we can have with our brethren is the image you project as a Royal 
Arch Mason." 

". . . It is time we stopped talking about it, rolled up our sleeves 
and went back to work. An active Chapter is a healthy and busy Chapter. 
The Grand High Priest and Grand Officers can only suggest. The success 
or failure is up to the three top officers of each Chapter." 

The Grand Orator was equally forthright and I wish all in our 
jurisdiction could read his address entitled "Truth, the Mother of Free- 
dom." I quote some extracts as follow: 

"The thoughts I bring you today are prompted by the fear that we, 
as Freemasons, have somehow lost our way of late and have allowed our 
traditional role as guardian of the public conscience to sadly deteriorate 
and to lose its political and economic potency. For that there has been a 
decay of our national morality is all too obvious to any who will but 
look about them. And it is not that such a deterioration is a new phe- 
nomena, for it is not. But the scope of the current wave of immorality is 
far broader than those which have preceded it. It has come to be a 
real menance to our national safety and will brook no further pro- 
crastination in its cure. And the Freemasons must be active in its remedy 
if they are to remain true to their inherited tradition and retain their 
worthiness to be numbered among those of our Craft. For we are es- 
sentially builders of men and as such we are charged with the attendant 
responsibilities. There can be no relaxation of effort nor compromise 
with expediency. We must run a taut ship, with everyone doing his duty 
and maintaining himself diligent and alert at all times. And I beg your 
indulgence of me for the moment if I seem over-concerned about these 
things to the point of boring my listeners. But I submit that the matter 
is deadly serious." 

"Freedom is not free and it must not be taken for granted. It was 
won through sacrifice and will be maintained only through sacrifice. It 
can be lost — just as surely and completely, just as permanently — tax by 
tax, subsidy by subsidy, regulation by regulation, as it can be lost bullet 
by bullet, bomb by bomb, missile by missile. It makes no difference 
whether we lost it by force of arms or through our own fatuous experi- 
mentations with socialism. It will be gone and its regaining will be at 
terrible cost in blood and treasure." 


"Perhaps the greatest threat to our freedom today is our own lack of 
personal discipline. For the result of our abdication of this vital self- 
determination privilege is a massive public immorality having- potential 
for destroying us as a nation. We have become a nation of headline 
readers and picture scanners. Our powers of perception are scanty and 
superficial at a time when our national interest demands that they be 
profound and thorough. Instead of seeing- the truth we incline to turn our 
back on it and to ignore or avoid it, letting our emotions and our preju- 
dices conveniently rule when there is grave need for the utmost in our 
intellectual capacity." 

"As Freemasons we can best help the cause of freedom throughout 
the world by ourselves remembering and regaining the lost virtues es- 
sential to freedom's acquisition and preservation. With our superior 
knowledge and experience we have the opportunity to succeed where 
others may fail. But we must not forget that the ingredients of our 
national greatness are still the simplicity, goodness and truth that in- 
spired our fathers. And though mountains may wear away and men's 
achievements be quickly forgotten, the spirit of God that nourishes free- 
dom is eternal and His precepts laid down for our benefit never abdicate, 
never fail. We must remember that freedom must be earned and merited 
anew by each generation of men and is not to be handed down to sur- 
vivors like an heirloom. Each generation must seek and find the truth 
that makes it free in its own way and in its own due time." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Gene Caswell. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. T. Stanton Ford. 


The Regular Quarterly Communications of the Grand Holy Royal 
Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Be- 
longing were held on March 7, June 7, September 5 and December 5, 1963, 
at Philadelphia (with the meeting in June at Pittsburgh). 

M.E. Grand High Priest: Comp. Ralph J. Fogle. 

M.E. Grand Secretary: Ccmp. John C. F. Kitselman. 

It is interesting to observe Lhat this Grand Jurisdiction has 148 
Chapters and 2 Mark Lodges; membership December 27, 1962 — 38>278; 
net loss 851. 

The address of the Grand High Priest reveals an earnest application 
by a devoted Royal Arch Mason to the responsibilities of his term of 
office, which is a three-year one. In his address he stated, in part: 

"As the year nears its end I would be remiss if I did not tell you of 
the great satisfaction, the keen enjoyment that has been my pleasure 
during the past year. I have criss-crossed Pennsylvania several times. 
East to west, north to south, and each trip has been rewarding with 
pleasant memories. By plane and train and by car I have traveled more 
miles than I have ever traveled in any one year in my life. On the major 
portion of my trips I have been accompanied by my wife. This has made 
my trips more enjoyable and in many cases much easier. We have visited 
other jurisdictions and this has been a great joy and a liberal education. 
I do not wish to bore you with an account of my itinerary, each visitations 
will be listed in the Proceedings. 

"And now in closing, just an added thought. I have sometimes noticed 
men, as they attain a certain age, have a tendency to look with retro- 
spection, perhaps because of the waning years ahead the future may ap- 
pear more bleak, and thus the past may seem more precious. However, 
we must cast such thoughts aside, a new year dawns, great things may 
be in the making ,new portals may be opened to us, great adventure and 
success may be lurking and wanting to be found and turned into victory. 
That is the creed to follow, my Companions, that is the creed I will be 


seeking to follow for the betterment of our fraternity. Will each of you 
join me in this great undertaking? I earnestly plead for your help. 

Elections — 

M.E. Grand High Priest: Comp. Ralph J. Fogle. 

M.E. Grand Secretary: Comp. John C. F. Kitselman. 

The Philippines 

The 12th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of the Republic of the Philippines was held at 
Manila on May 1, 1964. 

Chapters 14; membership 1,032. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Wallace H. Morris. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. A. Gonzalez Jr. 

This young Grand Jurisdiction has made great progress and ob- 
viously its leaders are dedicated and devoted members of the Craft and 
abound with enthusiasm. The following recommendations in the address 
of the Grand High Priest give proof of this: 

"I recommend that the inspectors become more vigorous in the dis- 
charge of their duties. Inspectors should make at least two official in- 
spections of the Chapter to which they are accredited each year, one of 
them at least 60 days prior to the time of the Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter. More frequent visits should be made to those Chapters 
that are in need of assistance and guidance. Following each official visit 
the Inspector should forward a complete report to the Grand High Priest, 
the Grand Secretary and the Grand Lecturer. The reports should include 
at least the following points: (1) number of Companions exalted since 
the last Annual Report; (2) financial status of the Chapter; (3) atten- 
dance figures (average); (4) proficiency of the officers and Companions 
in their duties and the conferral of degrees; and (5) general state of the 
Chapter. With these reports the Grand Officers will have a better picture 
of each Chapter and will be able to assist those Chapters that need help. 

"In furtherance of the above recommendation I would also recom- 
mend that one of the principal Grand Officers make at least one official 
visitation to the Chapters within the Philippine Islands each year. I 
know that normally official visitations are made only upon the invitation 
of the Chapter. However, I have learned during my year that some of the 
smaller Chapters have never had a visit from a Grand Officer and there- 
fore feel more or less as an orphan child. This recommendation is made 
to make them feel more a part of the Grand Chapter, show them they are 
a part of our family and strengthen their adherence to Capitular 

The address of the Grand Orator is particularly worthy of note and 
I quote an extract from it as follows: 

"The office of the High Priest is a glorious one. The luster of it 
comes not from an outward polish worked up by diligent and vigorous 
rubbing but by the inner possession. Let us be reminded that one of the 
major functions of Masonry is to make good men better. That goodness 
was already there when we were made Masons because we were first 
Masons in our hearts before we were made one in the lodge room. If we 
are scoundrels and brutes we have come into Masonry under false colors. 
It is the work of the church to make bad men good, to transform and re- 
generate, to make new creatures. Masonry does not in any of its teach- 
ings claim this power. We work with what is already there. Learning 
more of the moral and ethical lessons from the Holy Writings as we do 
in the Royal Arch makes it so the glory can shine through more clearly. 
As priests let us permit that goodness of heart and purity of intention 
with which we began our Masonic journey glow and expand into true 
godly glory. 

"Can a high priest also be humbly submissive? I think there is no 
problem when we realize the nature of the one to whom we humbly sub- 

mit ourselves. God is good. Is it ignobling to submit humbly to goodness? 
God is love. What humiliation lies in being in humble submission to true 
love? No, we shall not disgrace ourselves, even though we may be of the 
revolutionary spirit, if we humbly submit ourselves to a good and loving 
God. Let us remember the 'circle' of the symbol of our order. To get 
within that circle requires us to submit ourselves to its encircling force, 
to be surrounded by the love of God and our Companions." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Jose Penaflor. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Antonio Gonzalez Jr. 


The 87th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
.Masons of Quebec was held in Montreal on March 25, 1964. 

Chapters 27; membership December 31, 1963—3,264; net loss 55. 

Grand First Principal (acting): M.E. Comp. J. H. Morecraft. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. Wall Clarke. 

A letter was received from the Grand First Principal, Most Excellent 
Companion B. M. McCharles, which is self-explanatory, and I quote a part 
of it: 

"Will you please convey to the Most Excellent Companions, Dis- 
tinguished Visitors and our Companions my regrets for not being able to 
attend this Grand Convocation. My thanks to all who have so ably and 
under great handicaps borne the duties and obligations of Grand Chapter 
for the past year or more. 

"May I say that this is not in the form of a report as to make such a 
report would be a parody. I really should have resigned last year when 
my health first started to misbehave. However, as with everyone else, 
these things 'cannot happen to me,' so I had hoped to carry out my 
duties as planned." 

The Grand Scribe E. reported as follows: 

"The very regrettable illness of our well loved Most Excellent Com- 
panion Herbert Pickering compelled him to relinquish the duties of 
Grand Scribe E. last October. He had filled this office for over twelve 
years with patience, tact, efficiency and full hearted cooperation, giving 
unstintingly of his time, talents and knowledge to all of us who referred 
to him on any matter affecting Masonry. Prior to being elected Grand 
Scribe E. he had been for many years associated with the late Most 
Excellent Companion W. Walter Williamson, his predecessor, as Grand 
Scribe E. His retirement, therefore, leaves a very wide gap in our ac- 
tivities and organization. We shall miss him sorely. All of us who knew 
him and worked with him extend sincere, warm, heartfelt wishes for a 
peaceful enjoyment of his retirement. 

"Most Excellent the Grand First Principal was pleased to appoint 
me to replace — as best I can — M.E. Companion Pickering. . . . 

"If progress in Capitular Masonry depends on increased membership, 
the situation is bleak indeed. Since 1945 we have had four years with a 
net loss in numbers — 1959, 1960, 1962 and again in 1963. The reasonable 
expectation that the tide had turned has been rudely shattered. The 
situation in most other jurisdictions is just as bleak and so affords us no 
consolation whatever. We must depend upon our own efforts to improve 
this deplorable situation." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. George Silverman. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. Wall Clarke. 


Rhode Island 

The 167th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was held at Provi- 
dence, on March 7, 1964. 

Chapters 15; Membership January 31, 1964—4,256; net loss 184. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. George H. Ostrander. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp Luther C. Homan. 

That the Grand High Priest enjoyed his visitations is shown by the 
following part of his address: 

"I have made many visits to all the Chapters in this Grand Jurisdic- 
tion, 84 in all, including Annuals, Official and Informal. I was always 
received with a friendliness which is so characteristic of a Royal Arch 
Mason. I have on many occasions participated in the work of the even- 
ing, and always called on to speak to the Candidates, or to the Com- 
panions. On my way home from these visits, most of the time near mid- 
night, and a return trip distance of 20 to 80 miles, I chew over the events 
of the evening, and I'm happy and pleased with myself for having taken 
the time to visit with my Companions. I have made many warm and 
close friends in the past few years and a bond of Companionship which 
will long endure." 

Reporting on the Condition of the Craft he had this to say: 

"This is one subject, I wish I did not have to report on since my 
observation may not be the same thinking as others. Many Masonic 
leaders have spent a great deal of time trying to analyze and observe the 
conditions. I do not feel qualified to comment on or diagnose our ail- 
ments. I am sorry to say that this Grand Chapter will again report a 
loss in membership. Might we each ask ourselves at this time, 'What am 
I doing to justify the existence of my Chapter?' While we have had 
losses in membership during the past few years, I do earnestly believe 
that we are stronger that the work in the Chapter is better than has been, 
and the candidates are impressed, more satisfied and interested. The end 
net results will be shown in more enthusiasm, and the priceless power 
of enthusiasm will give your Chapter the drive to make it an extraordi- 
nary Chapter. At this writing I do not have the membership statistics 
but I think we have had more Exaltations this year, and deaths have 
taken a heavy toll. Generally speaking I would say the Craft is in good 
condition, and the spirit of companionship and fellowship is excellent. I 
feel sure we can look forward to a better year in Capitular Masonry." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles A. Richardson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Luther C. Homan. 


The 41st Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Saskatchewan was held at Saskatoon, on Saturday, May 30th, 

Chapters 29; U.D. 1; Membership December 31, 1963—2,994; net 
loss 5. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. John W. Hill. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. K. Halldorson. 

The Grand First Principal in his address reveals that he is a devoted 
and dedicated Royal Arch Mason and did discharge his responsibilities in 
a manner which brought forth the plaudits and esteem of his Companions. 
His address concludes as follows: 

"During my term of office, I have endeavoured to emphasize the 
place and function of the Royal Arch in Ancient Craft Masonry and I 
suggest that it is the duty of Royal Arch Masons to make this place 
and function as widely known as possible amongst the members of the 


Craft. The wider this knowledge becomes the more will our beloved 
Order be understood and appreciated. 

"I could not conclude this address without expressing my thanks to 
the Past Grand First Principals for their counsel from time to time, to 
the Grand Chapter Officers and Members of the Executive Committee for 
their ever leady support and in particular to our Grand Scribe E. for the 
prompt and efficient discharge of his duties and his efforts to make the 
year drawing to a close a successful one. 

"Finally I thank you, my Companions, for the privilege of serving 
you in this high office. It has all been a rewarding experience to enlarge 
the circle of one's Royal Arch friends in our own and other jurisdictions 
and to gain further knowledge and light in Masonry. But as my year 
draws to a close, I can repeat with firmer conviction than ever before, 
what Tennyson made Ulysses to say: 

'Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough 
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades 
Forever and forever when I move'." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Harold D. Cleave. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. K. Halldorson. 


Quarterly Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Scotland were held in the Royal Arch Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh on 
March 6th, June 19th, September 18th and December 20th, 1964. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Gallo- 
way, L.L., J. P. 

Grand Scribe E: M.E. Comp. W. A. Laird. 

At a special meeting of the Supreme Committee held on March 20th, 
1964, it will be of interest to the Companions in our Jurisdiction to note 
that the Proceedings records the following: 

"M.E. Companion R. C. M. Inglis, Grand Director of Ceremonies then 
announced: — 'I hereby proclaim Most Excellent Companion The Right 
Honourable Randolph Algernon Ronald Stewart, Twelfth Earl of Gallo- 
way, Twelfth Baron of Garlies, Sixth Baron Stewart of Garlies, Eleventh 
Baronet of Corsewell, Ninth Baronet of Burray, Hon. Colonel King's 
Own Scottish Borderers, late Captain Scots Guards, Her Majesty's Lieu- 
tenant and Justice of the Peace for the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright, Right 
Worshipful Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland, duly re-installed as 
Most Excellent First Grand Principal and I call upon all Royal Arch 
Masons throughout the world who owe allegiance to the Supreme Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, to pay due obedience to their newly 
re-installed First Grand Principal, in token whereof I now call on the 
Companions present, as their representatives, to signify that loyalty and 
obedience by saluting him three times in the Royal Arch Degree, taking 
their time from me.' 

"The Companions thereafter saluted the M.E. First Grand Principal." 

We are proud and privileged that M.E. Comp. The Rt. Hon. The Earl 
of Galloway, L.L., J. P., is an Honorary Past Grand First Principal of 
our Grand Chapter; likewise, M.E. Ccmp. W. A. Laird, the Grand Scribe 
E., is an Honorary Past Grand Scribe Ezra. 

That the First Grand Principal and the Grand Scribe E. are devoted 
and dedicated Royal Arch Masons is best exemplified by the following 
extracts from an address given to the Companions by the Earl of Gallo- 

"Well Companions, of course the principal work we had to do last 
year was the long tour right round the world which Grand Scribe Ezra 
and I did in the autumn accompanied by our wives. I left home on the 


evening of 23rd September and returned on the evening of 17th Decem- 
ber. It is impossible for me to give you full details this evening of that 
tour. We should be here all night. There would be no question whatso- 
ever of catching the 8:30 train but I will, if I may, as briefly as I can, 
just mention perhaps a few of the salient points in the tour. It is all in 
the Proceedings which you have had so you will be able to read a full 
account of it. I will, as I said, give a few salient details. 

"We had, of course, to undergo various changes of climate. We 
started off in the tropical countries of South-East Asia and we went on 
to the more temperate climate of Australia and New Zealand. We were 
again in the tropics in Central America and then down into South Am-, 
erica where it was more temperate again and back into the tropics in the 
West Indies. In fact we were so frequently changing from one side of 
the equator to the other that I never knew exactly where I was. When 
I woke up in the morning quite frankly it took me just a few minutes 
to know exactly where I was, whether I was in the Tropic of Cancer or 
wherever it was, but in any case it was extremely interesting and I am 
very glad to say as far as I am concerned so far my health, I do not 
think, has suffered. I should perhaps mention that having started in all 
these tropical climates I ended up within a few miles of the Arctic Circle 
but I will say a word or two about that later on . . . 

"I was exceedingly glad of the opportunity of visiting Australia. I 
had never been there before but since the last war I have always wanted 
to go there. During the last war there was one period when things were 
not going too well for us. The situation was extremely critical, a lot of 
us were getting very anxious and at that moment the Australian Prime 
Minister made a speech in which he said some very encouraging things 
about the Old Country. Now, it is very easy to have friends when things 
are going well and you are successful, but when you are rather down it is 
then you know who your true friends are and ever since reading that 
speech by the Australian Prime Minister, it has been my wish and hope 
to shake the hand of an Australian. 

"The same thing goes for New Zealand which we also visited. They, 
like the Australians, were with us in two terrible world wars and made 
notable contributions towards the successful results of those two wars . . . 

"Now Companions, from New Zealand we went on to Fiji and were 
motored right round the very beautiful island situated in the South 
Pacific. On the morning following our arrival we motored to Suva, the 
Capital and the next day we went by another route to Lautoka . . . 

"On leaving Fiji for San Francisco we had rather an extraordinary 
experience. We crossed what is known as the International Date Line. 
The result of that was that we left Fiji at one o'clock in the morning of 
13th November and we reachd San Francisco at five o'clock on the pre- 
vious afternoon, on 12th November . . . 

"I was very glad to visit San Francisco in the State of California. 
We had a slight misunderstanding between our Supreme Grand Chapter 
and the Grand Chapter of California. I need not go into it in detail but 
there was a sort of misunderstanding for some years. We arrived at the 
airport about dinner time and a dinner was given for us there which was 
attended by the Grand High Priest of California and his very charming 
wife who had come up from the country especially to meet us. They live 
a long distance from San Francisco and had to come by plane. Unfor- 
tunately owing to some muddle in the seating I was not able to sit next 
to either the Grand High Priest or to his very charming wife, but after 
the dinner the Grand High Priest came up to me and said in the most 
kindly manner 'All our misunderstandings are at an end, we are all good 
friends and Masons now.' 

"From San Francisco we went to Panama to a very different climate 
and were once again in the heat of the Tropics. We had the interesting 


experience of being: taken in a train right along the Panama Canal, that 
very important waterway which has been of such great use to shipping, 
for it means that ships can get from one side of America to the other 
through the canal without having to go right round Cape Horn, just the 
same as the Suez Canal has obviated the necessity of the long haul round 
the Cape of Good Hope. 

"From Panama we went to South America where we were most 
interested to see something of the ancient civilization in Peru and Chile 
and to meet the very delightful and cultivated Companions and their 
wives who live there. We were, as it happens, in Chile in Santiago, the 
capital, when the very tragic assassination of President Kennedy took 
place. On leaving Santiago we had the interesting experience of flying 
right over the Andes . . . We were on our way to Trinidad actually but 
we had to change planes at Buenos Aires where we spent five hours and 
some of the Companions of the Grand Chapter of Argentina very kindly 
took pity on us. They came out to the airport, they entertained us to 
lunch, they took us right round the most beautiful city of Buenos 
Aires and saw us off at the airport that evening in a very heavy storm. 
I am afraid that some of our friends got very wet but I am exceedingly 
grateful to them for all they did for us. After all they were not mem- 
bers of our Daughter Chapters. They have a Sovereign Grand Chapter 
of their own but they took the trouble to come and entertain us whilst 
we were there for five hours, waiting for our plane. 

"I must not be too long, I am thinking of that 8:30 train, but I would 
like to say just a word about the West Indies, the most beautiful islands 
in the world, and I can think of no more ideal place to spend a lazy 
holiday, mark you I said lazy holiday, I say it with some feeling. We met 
there, as we met in West Africa some years ago when we were there, 
extremely kindly, courteous people, with the most beautiful manners and 
I am indeed grateful to them for all they did for us when we were stay- 
ing amongst them in those lovely islands. 

"In British Guiana, when we spent a few days in Georgetown, I had 
the interesting experience of my first trip in a flying boat to what they 
call the Kaieteur Falls. It is one of the great sights of British Guiana. 
They are the highest falls in the world. They have not the breadth of 
Niagara or Victoria Falls but they are much higher than either of them 
and coming back we took off right over the falls and I must say that 
for one moment my heart did jump into my mouth . . . 

"From the West Indies we went on to Bermuda where Grand Scribe 
E. and I were on familiar ground as we had been there some years ago. 
We were able to remake the acquaintance of many old friends in that 
very beautiful and delightful island. I could recommend that too for 
a lazy holiday. 

"We were now really on our way home. We had to go to New York 
to get our plane home and on arrival at Idlewild Airport we were met by 
Companion Bentley whom, I think, some of you have met. He has been 
over here once or twice and he very kindly arranged a dinner for us that 
evening in New York where we met a considerable number of very highly 
placed Masons of New York State and their wives with whom we were 
able to have a very agreeable and interesting conversation . . . 

"Companions it is my duty to give you certain facts and statistics. 
During the past year there have been admissions to the Royal Arch of 
3360, a decrease of 19. The Royal Ark Mariner Lodges had 1052 admis- 
sions, an increase of 65, and in the Councils of Red Cross Knights, there 
have been 1069 admissions, an increase of 83. The Cryptic Councils ad- 
vanced 1028, a decrease of 23. Six Royal Arch Chapters have been grant- 
ed Charters during the past year, an increase of four. One Chapter has 
been granted for a Cryptic Council, a decrease of one." 


One notes in the Proceedings many gems of Masonic wisdom but 
space precludes reference to them all; however, the following, given by 
M.E. Comp. R. C. M. Inglis, Grand Superintendent of Lanarkshire par- 
ticularly appealed to me, and I quote: 

"Example, I feel, is the best medium to guide the Chapters under 
one's jurisdiction for they do look for that in the Chapters, not only on a 
collective basis but on a personal one, from which the foundation of true 
friendship arises which we enjoy in Royal Arch Masonry. 

"To me this is the reward of Freemasonry, that intimate association 
afforded to us, to many of whom we might never otherwise have known. 
As Royal Arch Masons we are proud of our heritage but let us not have 
the mistaken idea that the true test of the vitality of the Order is large 
numbers of members. True strength of the Order does not lie in num- 
bers. The strength of our Order lies not in numbers nor in wealth but in 
its spiritual possessions and its teachings, and above all in the character 
of the Companions themselves. Let us serve and do good, let it be our 
aim for we never know the importance of the act we do. Let us then 
practise Faith, Hope and Charity for when we come to the finish of our 
work we shall then have reached that point within a circle which is 
eternal happiness." 

Your Reviewer notes with regret the absence from the proceedings 
of M.E. Comp. W. A. Laird, because of illness and we in this Grand Juris- 
diction pray that he has now been restored to good health. 

The report of the proceedings of June, 1964, contains this interesting 

"The Grand Director of Ceremonies presented to the M.E. First 
Grand Principal M.E. Companion The Rev. Clifford Manning, Grand 
Chaplain of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

"M.E. First Grand Principal extended a very hearty welcome to the 
Companion and said how pleased he was that Companion Manning was in 
Britain at this time and able to attend the meeting of Supreme Grand 
Chapter. He had not had the pleasure of meeting Companion Manning 
when he was in Toronto but he asked him to convey the greetings of 
the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland to the M.E. First Grand Princi- 
pal and Members of the Grand Chapter of Canada." 

And also: 

"After the closing of Supreme Grand Chapter, the Companions ad- 
journed to the Refectory where tea was served. After tea, the Toasts of 
'The Queen' and' The Order' having been honored, the toast of 'Our 
Companion from Overseas' was proposed by M.E. Companion the Rt. Hon. 
The Earl of Galloway. 

"M.E. Companion Manning said, 'It gives me very great pleasure to 
be here today and represent the First Grand Principal of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Canada, M.E. Companion Fraser Hay. M.E. Companion Maurice 
Searle, whom the First Grand Principal met on his visit to Canada, spon- 
sored me for membership in my Chapter and he has asked me to convey 
his greetings to the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland. Wherever I 
have travelled the right hand of fellowship has been extended to me but 
today is the highlight of my visit to the Old Land. I thank the M.E. 
First Grand Principal and the Companions for the welcome they have 
given me." 

Notwithstanding my references to the visitation of the First Grand 
Principal, I also note the following from his complete report of it given 
to the Companions at the Quarterly Convocation on December 20, 1963: 

"During the period I have had the privilege of being First Grand 
Principal of Supreme Chapter, you have invited me to go on your behalf 
to Germany; Africa, East, Central, South and West; Canada; Bermuda; 
the Eastern Mediterranean; Indian; Pakistan and Iran, but perhaps the 


journey Grand Scribe E. and I have just completed has made Masonic 
history, for I do not think any Masonic body has ever before sent an 
official deputation to circumnavigate the earth to visit its constituent 
bodies in every continent. 

"Probably never before has it been impressed so forcibly on our 
minds that Scottish Royal Arch Freemasonry, like a golden chain of 
peace, surrounds the globe. Never before has the symbolism of the dis- 
covery of the word been so clearly demonstrated and the devotion and 
loyalty of our Companions of every race and creed to their Mother Grand 
Chapter been so obvious, nor their pride and joy in the service we are 
able to give them expressed so generously." 

South Carolina 

The 153rd Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of South Carolina was held at Rock Hill on March 10, 1964. 

Chapters 32, membership February 29, 1964 — 6,324; net gain 99. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James B. Rivers. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hugh N. Layne. 

Many distinguished guests were received from District of Columbia, 
Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina and Virginia. 

It is significant to note that the Grand High Priest, in his address, 
stressed the following problems — poor attendance, poor ritualistic 
work, poor advertising, and, finally, suspensions for non-payment of 
dues — and stated: 

"Your Grand Chapter can help in the solution of these problems 
only by suggestion. We cannot use force to demand perfection or good 
work. Neither can we demand attendance. Any permanent improve- 
ment must come from the Chapters themselves, and they can improve 
only as much as their pride and desire dictate." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lunice H. Ulm. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hugh N. Layne. 

South Dakota 

The 75th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of South Dakota was held at Watertown, on September 29th and 
30th, 1964. 

Chapters 32; membership June 30, 1964—4,005; net loss 85. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp Harry Stakke. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler. 

The Grand High Priest, in his address, reported on the Condition of 
the Craft as follows: 

"Five Chapters show a gain, three hold even and the balance of the 
chapters show a loss, some quite a sizeable loss. Our overall loss for 
the fiscal year is 85. 

"Salem Chapter is in process of consolidating with Madison. Yank- 
ton Chapter No. 1 is in the doubtful column and Kadoka is likewise in the 
doubtful column. 

"I understand that there are 2 or 3 more chapters that are on the 
borderline. I believe that the time has come for the weaker chapters to 
consider consolidating with the nearby stronger chapters. 

"During my visitations I found that attendance or I should say lack 
of attendance is the big headache. Will someone kindly come up with a 
remedy for this condition. I am sure that the Craft in general will be 
pleased to hear it." 

And, finally: 

"My years in the LINE and especially my year as Grand High Priest 
will live with me as long as I live. To me it is an Honor and I deeply 
appreciate it. Please accept my thanks for the trust you have placed in 


me. A year ago, when I accepted this office ( I was very humble indeed, 
today I am no less humble. I asked that God would give me strength 
to do my duties. This he has done, may I be able to do in return." 

The Grand Secretary in his report stated, and I quote: 

"The loss in membership cannot all be charged to Deaths, Demits 
and Suspensions; failure to get new members, admissions and reinstate- 
ments are equally responsible for the losses. The gain this year is the 
lowest for the last twenty years while the loss is the fifth highest for the 
same period. Loss in membership has been consistant for the last seven 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. B. Harry Macy. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler. 


The 135th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee was held in the Grand Lodge Build- 
ing, Nashville, on March 23 and 24, 1964. 

Chapters 85; membership December 31, 1963—16,972; gain 79. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles Oakley Bledsoe. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Earl Doss. 

It is again significant that the Grand High Priest, in his address, 
stated, and I quote: 

". . . However, I would share with you some of my concern and 
some conclusions they indicate to me. The trend in the capitular world is 
indicated by the trend in Tennessee. Did you know that three out of very 
five taken into our Royal Arch Chapters are lost; that in the last eight 
years we have exalted 5,509 and 3,256 have gone down the drain by with- 
drawals and N.P.D. suspensions? The inescapable conclusion to me is 
that these are people who have lost faith in York Masonry and its worth. 
Tennessee has been fortunate in that for 23 consecutive years a band of 
dedicated hard workers have outrun our losses, but the race each year is 
more difficult. We need to retrieve the Masonry that was the heritage of 
our founding fathers, the Masonry of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin. 
Our General Grand High Priest said in this building last year that we 
have lost sight of its goals. 

". . . However, I believe change is the inevitable sign of an active 
progressive society and that the greatest threat to our existence is to be 
tied to the past and not make the most intelligent and sensible approach 
"possible to the problems that confront modern day Freemasonry. . . . 

"Masonry before 1717 was completely controlled by the operative 
craftsman and our system of degrees was unknown. Four lodges in 1717 
formed the Grand Lodge of England and this marked the disappearance 
of the operative domination and the birth of modern day speculative 
Masonry. Membership was opened to good men and true without refer- 
ence to occupation, religion or nationality. From one simple ceremony 
and one obligation the three degrees gradually evolved and the legend of 
Hiram was introduced. Masonic scholars estimate there were fashioned 
some 2,000 degrees, that there have been 108 so-called Masonic rites, and 
Mackey says there have been 37 more important ones. 

"The Masonry as practiced in the lodges and Chapters of England, 
Ireland and Scotland is basically the same, because immediately after 
1717 Ireland organised on the English basis and Scotland soon followed 
and was immediately recognized by England and Ireland. There was a 
split in 1753, whence came the designation 'Free and Accepted Mason' 
and 'Ancient Free and Accepted Mason.' This split was healed by the 
solemn Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges of Free Masons of 
England in December, 1813, when it was declared and pronounced that: 


'Pure Ancient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more, viz., those 
of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason, including the 
Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.' 

"Deriving its name from the first great assemblage of Masons at the 
city of York in 926 A.D., it was called York Masonry when it came to 
America about L733, and for about 50 years was the only Masonry known 
in the colonies. 

The statistical picture that I see across America indicates to me 
thai ours is a great heritage being lost sight of either by neglect, timidity 
or stupidity. Faith is what it is and its value to mankind can alone turn 
the tide. But it will take courageous and dedicated leadership." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Kelso Harris Renfro. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Earl Doss. 


The 114th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Texas was held at Waco, December 2nd and 3rd, 1963. 

Chapters 231; U.D. 1; membership June 24th, 1963—47,020; net loss 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Frank G. McDonald. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. E. S. Winfree, Jr. 

The Grand High Priest had a busy year of visitations, particularly 
among chapters in his jurisdiction. His administrative abilities are well 
recorded. He concluded his address as follows: 

"To the Grand Officers and Past Grand Officers, your splendid co- 
operation has made this a better year, and your counsel and guidance has 
given me confidence in the performance of my duties. 

"Most of our District Deputy Grand High Priests have filled their 
office with credit to themselves and honor to the Craft. We thank you 
Companions for your services. Your reward is a knowledge that you 
gave of yourself for the good of the Order and our Heavenly Father will 
make your life richer for this service. 

"To Companion Shelby Winfree, Jr., our Grand Secretary, we wish 
to pay a special tribute of esteem and respect. You have been a most 
loyal friend and advisor throughout the year, ever ready to assist in any 
way possible. The Grand Chapter is indeed fortunate to have a Com- 
panion in that office who is so able and so willing to serve at all times. 
Shelby, you are really appreciated, as is your efficient and effective 
office force. 

"To those loyal and faithful Companions of Waco and Hillsboro 
Chapters who made many of my trips of visitation with me, I am deeply 

"Companions, my gratitude at having been given the privilege of 
serving you is genuine. We shall always feel that we could have made 
you a better Grand High Priest than we did, but we tried to do the very 
best we knew how. Let us all redouble our efforts on behalf of Royal 
Arch Masonry, that our contribution for good to the times in which we 
live may grow and exceed our brightest hopes and fondest expectations." 

Most Worshipful Grand Master James Weatherby in an address 

"It is a pleasure to be with anyone who is seeking the same end to 
the same goal. We might have a different route to travel, but we all go 
by one light — the great Light of Masonry, to the ultimate end. Some 
of us may not be a zealous as the others in imparting our knowledge 
and giving the others an opportunity to see the light and see the way it 
travels; but our end is the end of happiness through that great light. 
But we, as Masons on this earth should think and consider that our ulti- 
mate goal is only started, for your and my race is almost run; we are too 


old to rehabilitate; there is very little that you can teach an old dog in 
the way of new tricks. We can live a life that is an example. 

"We can have a government that we will be proud of. We can do 
something as a heritage for those who follow after us, as we Texans 
were so fortunate in having before us, and we Americans before us. 
From the very day of the establishment of a Government of the United 
States in the early Colonies, Masonry was at the forefront. It is that 
way today. We cannot, unless we do something for our government 
through personal sacrifice and courage, doing away with god of the 
dollar and thinking of tomorrow, be sure that our children, and our chil- 
dren's children yet unborn, will have the freedom that we have, given to 
us by our forefathers, which is the greatest heritage of all. I could talk 
a long time on this subject because it is dear to my heart; and I have 
told most of you before, that we live that life and we set the goal. If 
we leave that heritage, and leave something to speak after us, we Texas 
Masons did something to insure freedom; but to do so, as I said earlier 
from this same platform today, we must by all means live Masonry 
under God to insure that freedom." 

The address of the Grand Orator is most provocative in thought and 
practice and while it should be read in its entirety, I am urged to quote 
the following excerpts: 

"All of us could well go back and review what we have obligated 
ourselves to. Not just those taken at an altar, but all of the implications 
that go along with just being a Mason. After all, that we are a Mason 
should be our greatest recommendation. Yet, I see actions daily, and 
hear statements all too frequently, that prevent it from being true. We 
look around us and see Brethren with prominent lapel pins or tie clasps 
that indicate they are Masons, but with actions and language that belie 
the fact. I have even heard profanity using God's name, and we all know 
that Masonry teaches unbounded respect and veneration, never to use 
His name except with that reverential awe due from a creature to his 
Creator. We must live our Masonic teachings if it is to be of any value 
to us and mark our consequence among our fellow men." 

"We can overcome the problem of a net loss in several ways. First, 
by regular attendance, thus enhancing our meetings and testifying to 
others that it is worthwhile. If we as members don't attend, why should 
others seek to join it? Second, by becoming proficient in the degree 
work, as well as opening and closing, making it more impressive to the 
candidates, our future Companions, as well as making attendance a plea- 
sure instead of a chore. Thirdly, by active solicitation on the part of all 
members to both secure petitions and encourage reinstatements. And 
lastly, by living our Masonry in such a way that all of the Masonic Bodies 
will grow and prosper as a result of the image created. 

"These are only a few, time proven and well worn, methods of over- 
coming our problems. They may not be enough, but are worthwhile re- 
gardless, and should be practiced even if they don't result in a member- 
ship increase. At this point I would offer a word of caution or admoni- 
tion with reference to the net decrease situation. Let us not forget the 
lessons taught us in the past. After all, we are concerned with quality 
rather than quantity, and members for the sake of the record mean noth- 
ing. I am vitally opposed to the practice of some Masonic organizations 
of holding 'short form' initiations, in which they all but sell their mem- 
bership cards into their fellowship. The concentration and emphasis 
on size, numbers, or quantity can be much more dangerous than the 
problem of a slight net decrease, and is definitely not Masonic!" 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Tom Cheatham. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. E. S. Winfree, Jr. 



The 53rd Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Utah was held at Salt Lake City, on May 11, 1964, 
with R.E. Comp. Fred L. Nickelson, Grand King, presiding. 

Chapters 7; membership April 15, 1964 — 1,385; net loss 40. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William F. Davis. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Robert E. Kimberlin. 

In the submission of his report the Grand High Priest stated, in part: 

"Companions and Sir Knights, we have now reached the finale of 
another milestone in the Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery of Utah 
and are beginning a new year in the Red Lodge and in Templar Masonry. 
This year, and in fact all of the years I have spent in my progress in the 
Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery, have been an inspiration and a 
challenge. It is my observation that all of us, even your present Grand 
High Priest and Grand Commander, are inclined to become a little dere- 
lict in our duties toward York Rite Masonry, or even all of the bodies of 
Masonry. Well-informed Masons say that Masonry throughout the 
United States is not retaining its status. We have many things to dis- 
tract us, and, possibly, our own complacency most of all. 

"In all bodies of Masonry, much thought and care should be given to 
the individuals appointed or elected to the various offices. This was 
brought out at the meeting of the General Grand Chapter and General 
Grand Council. As one who has had the privilege of associating with 
and listening to such men as those who are heads of the governing 
bodies of Masonry, it is my hope that more and more Masons will in some 
way get that 'shot in the arm' that will help keep our Fraternity growing 
and that we will all renew our vigor in our effort to attain the light and 
to cause others to follow in our footsteps. 

"To all of you Companions and Sir Knights, I wish to express my 
sincere thanks for the privilege that has been extended me this past year. 
I might state here that for the effort and work I have put forth in the 
past years, I have been repaid a hundred fold by the wonderful associa- 
tions I have enjoyed and the inspiration I have received. 

"In closing, I say, 'God bless all of you, and may He inspire you to 
greater achievement, not so much in the honors extended by Masonry, but 
in extending the influence of York Rite Masonry as well as Masonry in 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Fred L. Mickelsen. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Paul B. Pickering. 


The 147th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Vermont was held at Burlington, on June 9, 1964. 

Chapters 27; membership April 30, 1964 — 3,755; net loss 192. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Joseph T. Maclay. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Aaron H. Grout. 

The Grand High Priest's address is most interesting and forthright 
as will be seen from the following extracts: 

"The General Grand Chapter is the biggest body of Masons in the 
world, under one head. A lot of time was lost in waiting — waiting to 
get registered with the Credential Committee, waiting to get into our 
rooms, etc. When the Triennial was finally opened and down to business 
many interesting subjects were discussed, with emphasis on membership 
and York Rite co-ordination; a number of solutions were offered for the 
ills of Capitular Masonry, some were commendable, but no one elaborated 
on the most obvious solution, namely, a return to labor in our symbolic- 
lodges. Unless we have a healthy Blue Lodge system, our efforts else- 
where will be fruitless." 


"Some thought should be given to making the York Rite Festival a 
two day or two week-end function ; I do not believe the Royal Arch story 
can be given properly, squeezed into a time allotment of approximately 
1V 2 hours at an all day Festival with other bodies; or, we might consider 
meetings in several parts of the State. The principal concern should be 
the quality of the work and the consequent indoctrination of the candidate. 

"So-called 'fast' classes do not make for stability in producing work- 
ers for the Craft or stir the interest of those having a potential for such 

"Free Masonry, by its nature, challenges and inspires us to look 
forward and use it as a means to shape the future; to do so, we must go 
back to work in our Symbolic Lodges; we have become too much en- 
grossed in the so-called appendant bodies, strong words Companions ? I 
mean every word — for years we have used the Symbolic Lodge as a 
stockpile for candidates without making an investment of time and 
effort to insure the welfare of Ancient Craft Masonry in our respective 
jurisdictions. The well is about dry, Companions — pretty soon, there 
will be nothing to drain off. We have been too long neglectful of the 
parent of the Masonic family; to perpetuate our existence, we must have 
a healthy vibrant system of Blue Lodges. We are obligated as Master 
Masons to do our share in this work. I believe we have enough dedicated 
Masons in these United States to spearhead the great and glorious work, 
but they need help, Companions. Let each of us, in some way, be it large 
or small, contribute to it." 

Elections — 

Grand Hight Priest: M.E. Comp. Bernard C. Bryant. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Aaron H. Grout. 

Victoria (Australia) 

The Quarterly Convocations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Vic- 
toria were held at Melbourne on April 17th, July 17th, October 16th, 1963, 
and January 15th 1964. 

Chapters 108; membership December 31, 1963 — 10,524; net loss 71. 

First Grand Principal: M.Em. Comp. David Swan. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.Em. Comp. H. A. Thomas. 

We share with the Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria in its loss in 
the sudden passing of R. Em. Comp. Charles F. Irish, who was to have 
succeeded as Grand Z. 

A special Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held at Melbourne 
on April 30, 1963 for the purpose of Installation of the Grand Z., M. Em. 
Comp. Rev. Christopher T. F. Goy, and other elected Grand Chapter 

The following is part of the inspiring message given by the newly 
installed Grand Z. 

"But, Companions, I bring something that is of much greater im- 
portance — a deep love for this sublime degree of the Holy Royal Arch 
of Jerusalem. 

"This is the degree which is called 'supreme'. It deserves such an 
appellation for, in one sense, it is the highest point any Freemason can 
symbolically reach. It is deeply spiritual! One goes through the Sacred 
Arch into the Very Presence of the great I Am, and there, kneeling before 
the Altar in reverential awe, the ineffable secrets of the Most High 
steal into his heart; the Name that is above all names is whispered into 
his soul, and his response is echoed in the time-honoured words: 'Holy, 
Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts; Heaven and earth are full of the Glory; 
Glory be to Thee, Lord Most High.' 

"No man can pass through that experience and ever be the same 
again. Surely he is uplifted, inspired and blessed beyond measure. Yes, 
I love this degree — I always will! 


'"Finally, I love the Companions. There is a fine quality about the 
greater majority of our members. They are Freemasons in search of 
Truth — they are keen, eager to discover, and anxious to advance in 
knowledge, and in grace and service." 

It is pleasing to note that at the Quarterly Convocation of October 
L6, 1963, Most Ex. Comp. The Earl of Galloway, First Grand Principal 
of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland, was present with Most Ex. 
Comp. W. A. Laird, the Grand Scribe E. 

This Reviewer sends greetings to Rt. Em. Comp. W. H. Sweeting, 
an active member of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria, and who 
represented his Grand Chapter at our Centennial Celebration, and was 
then elected an Honorary Past Grand Principal Sojourner of our Grand 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M. Em. Comp. Rev. C. T. F. Goy. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.Em. Comp. H. 0. Thomas. 


The 156th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons in the Commonwealth of Virginia was held at Richmond on 
October 22nd and 23rd, 1963. 

Chapters 46; membership September 30, 1963—17,843; net loss 5. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Guy Allen Fuller. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp Carl Frank Wood. 

Most Worshipful John P. Stokes, Grand Master of Masons in Vir- 
ginia, was received and in response to his welcome stated, in part: 

"It has been a great pleasure of mine for the past several months 
to have been rather closely associated with our Grand High Priest in the 
matter to which he referred a moment ago, that of — I won't say bring- 
ing about unity, because I firmly believe that we already have unity in 
our various Masonic Bodies in Virginia. To have had the pleasure of 
meeting with him in what we have called 'Leadership Conferences' on 
several occasions has been most pleasing. 

"There never has been a time, my Brethren, in the history of our 
world when there was more need for Masonic unity than there is today. 
In our conference this afternoon we were discussing some of those things 
that took place in the formation of this great government of ours, for 
which so many men have died. We are called upon today as Masons, as 
never before, for a full measure of solidarity and devotion to the ideals 
of Freemasonry here. I am also sure that other Grand Lodge and col- 
lateral bodies are doing the same as we are today. 

"We, in the Grand Lodge of Virginia's official family are most ap- 
preciative of the leadership and help we have received during my admini- 
stration from the Grand Chapter of Virginia, and I am sure that will 
continue until time shall be no more." 

The Grand High Priest obviously, from his address, had a full and 
rewarding year, but was left with some concern as will be seen from the 

"In my travels throughout the State, I find many and varied situa- 
tions in the Chapters. Many Chapters seem to have no problem getting 
petitions while others get none. There are many reasons for this. In my 
judgment, one of the best ways for a Chapter to have petitions coming 
in is for the officers to learn and confer the degrees in creditable man- 
ner. Good work will make an impression on the candidate if he is in 
earnest about his Masonic work. While we all agree that work put on 
in a 'sloppy' manner will drive good men away, we in Virginia have the 
opportunity to obtain the ritual, we have our schools located so that 
every Companion can attend one or more of these schools. Then, we 


have our Grand Lecturer and his Committee on work who will go to any 
section of the state and teach the officers and other Companions any time 
they want instruction. 

"In addition to this, there are well qualified Companions who know 
and can instruct in the ritual in most every community. In view of this, 
it is strange indeed that many of our Chapter officers find themselves in 
the Council of their Chapter and even at that late date, they cannot 
confer even one of the Chapter Degrees. Companions, there must be 
some reason beyond that of inability. No man can be made a Mason 
without learning the catechism in the Blue Lodge. Does it not follow 
then that this same Companion could, if he would try, learn to confer 
at least one Degree in the Chapter long before he reaches the station of 

"I admonish the officers of our Chapters in the most friendly man- 
ner, not to sit idly by and let the time pass but rather prepare your- 
selves for the task ahead. Remember that part of the charge in the E. A. 
Degree, that you will find well informed Companions as ready to give, as 
you will to receive instruction. • Finally, we must somehow attract 
younger men into our Fraternity and then through education, create a 
desire in their hearts to want to serve this great organization in any 
capacity in which they can qualify, and this brings to mind your respon- 
sibility and mine in this endeavor. We should guard well the West Portal 
of our Lodges and Chapters and see that none enter therein who can not 
qualify to undergo that training which will advance Free Masonry in 
general, and their own Chapters in particular. 

"You and I have the responsibility to see that these Companions do 
not 'drift away' for the want of masonic information, and some part, 
however small, in the Chapter affairs. 

"In going about this program of education of our new members, let 
us exemplify in our own lives the principles and teachings of Free 
Masonry, renew the obligations we have taken, and return to those les- 
sons we have learned around her sacred altar. The task of Free Masonry 
is to build men and make them conscious of their own value. The tools 
we use are symbols which enable men to find life at its best. The end 
of our Masonic effort is the serving of God, by the erection of living 
stones into a spiritual temple of eternal value. Let us resolve that her 
foundations shall not be further weakened by our own indifference, but 
rather let us seek to train the Companions coming into our Chapters 
which will qualify them for the advancement of Free Masonry and the 
welfare of all mankind." 

The Grand Commander K. T. of Virginia left this important message, 
and | quote in part: 

"Now, we have an enemy within the gates of Freemasonry, that 
enemy is lethargy or apathy, by whatever name you may call it. It 
causes eighty percent of our Masons to take only a passive interest in 
Freemasonry in all its facets. 

"I would leave with you this challenge, that we must seek by every 
means, and I have no panacea for this ill, to reactivate that ineffective 
eighty percent of our Masons so that we will at least have a working 
majority of the Freemasons in this Commonwealth to stand up and to be 
counted for those things that you and I know to be right and good, honest 
and just. The things that are ours by the grace and the goodness of our 
forefathers are the things that we would leave unimpaired to the gen- 
erations that are yet unborn, whose footsteps shall follow us down the 
corridors of history. Shall the world say of our generation and our 
Fraternity, which has in its grasp the germ of the idea that will bring 
peace and salvation to a bitter and torn world, shall it say that we have 
failed. God grant it not be so, Companions." 


The following- will be of interest to all Royal Arch Masons, and I 
quote from the Proceedings of Virginia as follows: 

"Royal Arch Masonry was practiced and taught in Virginia during 
much of the 18th century. The first documentary evidence of the con- 
ferring of the Royal Arch Degree to be found in the world is in the pos- 
session of Fredericksburg Lodge, No. 4, at Fredericksburg, Va., and bears 
the date of December 22, 1753. At that time, the Royal Arch was cer- 
tainly attached to the work of a regular lodge, and the work was done 
under the Authority of a Master's Warrant. It soon became evident, 
however, that because of the growing number of Chapters and the in- 
creasing membership, some specific rules and regulations were needed for 
the internal government of Royal Arch Chapters. 

"A Convention of Royal Arch Masons, representing various Chapters 
in the State, was held in the Borough of Norfolk on May 3, 1806. There 
were representatives present from Norfolk and Richmond Chapters only, 
although the Chapters at Staunton and Dumfries had signified their 
approval of the idea of a Grand Chapter. Nothwithstanding the absence 
of a quorum, it was thought wise to appoint a committee to draft a plan 
for the government of a Grand Chapter. Such a committee was ap- 
pointed; a plan was submitted, discussed, and adopted. Among other 
items, it provided that 'as soon as three of the above-named Chapters 
shall I have ratified this Constitution (either with or without amend- 
ments), notice thereof shall be given to the several Chapters, — and a 
place for the holding of the first General Assembly shall be appointed.' 

"The first Assembly was held in Masons" Hall, Norfolk, Va., on 
Monday, May 2, 1808. The meeting was called for May 1, 1808, but 
since that date was Sunday, the meeting seemingly did not begin until 
Monday, May 2, 1808. 

"The aforementioned Constitution having been ratified by the Chap- 
ters of Norfolk, Richmond, and Staunton, the companions present, after 
producing authenticated copies of their appointment by the several Chap- 
ters represented, proceeded to organize the Grand Chapter of Virginia. 
Temporary officers were selected, and a Chapter was opened in solemn 
form! This meeting was held on Wednesday, May 4, 1808." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Benjamin Edgar Chapman. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp Carl Frank Wood. 


The 114th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Wisconsin was held at Green Bay on May 4th and 
5th, 1964. 

Chapters 94; membership — December 31, 1964 — 16,414; net loss 510. 

R.E. Comp. Vilas V. W T elda, Grand King, presided in the absence of 
VI. E. Comp. Clarence W. Haake through illness and disability. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Earl B. Bauer. 

The Grand King presented a timely address and left no doubt that he 
would serve his Grand Chapter with zeal and fidelity, as will be seen 
from the following extract: 

"In reviewing the reports of the visitations of the Grand Chapter 
Officers I found that there is a tremendous difference in the mental 
attitude of the Constituent Chapter Officers and Companions. A Chapter 
can be as active as it desires to be and of course as dormant as it wishes. 
The Officers and members of each individual Chapter determine the 
amount of activity the Chapter will enjoy for the year and your Grand 
Chapter can suggest only its wishes, so its duties and act when called 

"There are many active Chapters with lots of degree work, social 

activities and good fellowship. One can feel these things when he walks 
into the Temple by the enthusiasm displayed by the Companions. 

"It is not the size of a Chapter that makes the difference in its 
activity. There are small Chapters that are real busy and some large 
ones, too. The same goes for those who are inactive, but let me point 
out one instance of a Chapter with a membership of 533 members that 
did not have a single exaltation during the year of 1963. 

"Our net loss for the year of 1963 were 510, the greatest loss since 
our losses exceeded our gains which was about eight years ago. 

''What can we do about it? 

"Create within ourselves a desire to bring to our Brethren the de- 
grees of Royal Arch Masonry which further explain the Symbolic degrees 
and give them the opportunity to receive the Grand Masonic Word. 

"Do we have prospects? 

"Only one out of every four Symbolic Lodge Masons are Royal Arch 
Masons and the reason the percentage is so small is because WE DO 

"What have we to work with? 

"We have the new rituals. We have a core of good Ritual Directors, 
we have the new consolidated York Rite Petitions and we have the pros- 
pects. Now — let's have the desire. Every Chapter in this state can, 
with the positive mental attitude and desire of its Officers and Com- 
panions, show a gain in the coming year. We all know what a wonderful 
feeling it is to be in the victorious column. Let us dedicate ourselves to 
the goal of showing a gain this year and enjoy the pleasure of rejoicing 
in our victory." 

Comp. Belmont H. Schlosstein, Grand Master of Masons in Wiscon- 
sin, made some potent remarks in his address, and I quote: 

"I bring you the official greetings of some 60,000 Masons in Wis- 
consin and our 304 Blue Lodges. I want to call attention to one thing. 
Eight or ten years ago we had 64,000 Masons in Wisconsin. Now we are 
down to 60,000. There has been a steady decline — not in any alarming 
numbers — but there has been a steady decline not only in Wisconsin 
but throughout the Country. There are very few Grand Lodges that 
show an increase in membership, and this is in the face of increasing 
population. The odd part of it is that a good many appendant bodies 
have increased their membership while the Blue Lodge has not. I have 
visited a good many Grand Jurisdictions in the past 11 months, and I 
have one month to go. I have said this at each one of the meetings, and 
to a good many of you this will be a repetition. 

"I have used two themes in my visits throughout the State, or two 
objectives. One is, attend your Blue Lodge meetings. Don't spread 
yourselves too thin and don't have too many other meetings or too many 
other places to go. The average attendance at Blue Lodges, throughout 
Wisconsin and the nation, is between 5 and 10% of the membership. 
This is not good ... 

"Our objective in Masonry is to select good men and make them 
better. That is what we do in Masonry, and I am sure that is what you 
are doing in your organization that is meeting here today. Your 114th 
Communication, is it? The 120th Communication of the Grand Lodge 
is coming this June. So we of the Grand Lodge are only six years older 
than you are. While the population is declining, Masonically, we still 
want quality rather than quantity. We still want to pick good men only 
and in our own way, our Masonic way, to make them better men. We 
try to make them better men, better church goers, better fathers, better 
civic leaders and better in all ways. Now, we in Masonry, have a heri- 
tage from the past, and sometimes. I think that we have been trying to 


depend on that entirely too long without doing something for ourselves 
at the present time. The image of Masonry in the public mind has been 
very high and still is in the minds of those who know about Masonry 
and have heard about it, outside the Lodge itself. Let's quit living on 
history of our ancient Brethren, including George Washington, Paul 
Revere and the Boston Tea Party. We look at those things in the past, 
but we haven't added anything to that for a good many years. Now, 
how tan we do it? There are several ways and I'll name one that has 
been done in our Sister Jurisdiction, Minnesota. Some years ago the 
Brethren of Minnesota decided to raise money for a Cancer Research 
Hospital. They had assurances that one-half of the expenses would be 
paid by the Federal Government at the time they started their drive. 
They found it so easy to get the first half that they told the Federal 
Government they'd do it alone. And they did. There is now, on the 
campus of the University of Minnesota, the Cancer Research Hospital 
in the name of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Minnesota. This year they 
are again getting ambitious on this project and are raising $1,250,000.00 
to add two floors to the Hospital. They have almost reached it, and 
what I know of the leaders in Minnesota, they will reach it. This has 
done Masonry a lot of good in the State of Minnesota and in the adjoining 
sections of Wisconsin. It brings Masonry to the public in a very com- 
mendable light, and it will add to the image and heritage of Masonry 
throughout the coming years." 

The report of the Royal Arch Advancement Committee contains 
many gems of Masonic wisdom, some of which are: 

"A searching re-appraisal is needed of the role of Freemasonry in 
today's society so that the proper function of Royal Arch Masonry in the 
total structure of the craft may then be determined. Admittedly this is a 
very large and difficult problem. However, if a pioneering effort is 
made in any grand jurisdiction, other jurisdictions will no doubt then 
contribute significantly to the development of reasonable conclusions. 

"Despite loyalty to and even affection for Royal Arch Masonry, 
officers of Chapters will often admit that the principle function of the 
body seems to be that of serving as a stepping stone toward Knight 
Templary and then the Shrine. This situation impairs the ability of 
officers and other active Chapter members to sell Royal Arch Masonry 
on its own merits. Several of the points which follow might provide 
some assistance in counteracting this situation. 

"Constant repetition becomes boring and creates disinterest. None 
of us would continue to watch even our favorite television show if the 
script were always the same — even if the actors were changed occa- 
sionally. Royal Arch Masonry needs to strive for the creation of a more 
varied program. One in which 'sideline' members can become partici- 
pants to some degree rather than merely observers. Injunction to the 
constituent Chapters to develop such programs is not enough. They need 
guidance and leadership. At least a partial series of such programs 
should regularly be proposed to all constituent Chapters." 

"Members, once imbued with the moral lessons and principles of 
Freemasonry, should be given adequate opportunity to put these prin- 
ciples to active use rather than being given the feeling that these are 
merely passive characteristics. Royal Arch Masonry should strive to 
promote such activities of community service and good citizenship as 
may be consistent with the basic tenets and landmarks of Freemasonry 
so as to engender a sense of true Masonic usefulness." 

"Fraternity, equality and service are not sufficient stimuli to assure 
equal efforts from various groups of men. A sense of pride and even 
competition is needed to stimulate some Chapters into the development 
of an active program with membership participation. Royal Arch 


Masonry has made only superficial efforts at evaluation and rating of 
the performance of Constituent Chapters. Rating of the Secretary's 
annual report on form and technical requirements means little to the 
Constituent Chapter and the awards for membership growth appear 
incorrect in their emphasis. Knight Templary has led the way in estab- 
lishing an evaluation and rating system. Because of the vast differences 
between the two organizations, Royal Arch Masonry should search its 
own character for an effective and equitable system of evaluation and 
rating of Constituent Chapters. 

"Communication within an organization is vital to any degree of 
dynamic performance. Despite the generous contributions of individual 
members in the area of communication, Royal Arch Masonry in Wiscon- 
sin has gone downhill in this aspect of service to its members and itself. 
Those interested are respectfully invited to direct their attention to the 
regular publication of the Grand Chapter of New York as only one 
example of better communication. Serious consideration should be given 
to the establishment of some form of regular publication to the entire 

"Frugality is a commendable virtue but miserliness is as much a 
fault as improvidence. Starvation is as inevitably deadly to an organiza- 
tion as it is to an individual. Constituent Chapters want and need service 
and assistance from above if they are to remain vibrant and achieve 
progress . . ." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Vilas C. Welda. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Earl B. Bauer. 

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